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Journal of Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, at its Twentieth Annual 

Communication, held at San Francisco, in October, A.-. L.\ 5869, 1 to 153 

Statement of Accounts and Additional General Regulation for the year 

A.\ L.\ 58G9, 154 to 158 

Returns of the Subordinate Lodges, complete, for the year ending July 

31, A.'. L.\ 5809, 159 to 280 

Record of Expulsions and Suspensions, Statistical Tables, Registry of 

Grand Lodges, and Lists of Grand Officers, for the year A.-. L.\ 5809, 281 to 290 

Journal of Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, at its Twenty-first Annual 

Communication, held at San Francisco, in October, A.-. L.\ 5870, 291 to 401 

Mourning Pages dedicated to the memory of Bro. Isaac Davis, 402-463 

Statement of Accounts, for the year A.-. L.\ 5870, 404 to 407 

Returns of the Subordinate Lodges, complete, for the year ending July 

31, A.-. L.\ 5870, 408 to 005 

Statistical Tables, Record of Expulsions and Suspensions, Registry of 
Grand Lodges, and Lists of Grand Officers, for the year A.*. L.\ 
5870, (JOG to 010 

toml ^mtye of (StolifMma. 

I, Alexander Gurdon Abell, Grand Secretary of the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge 
of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California, do hereby certify that the 
following pages contain a true and faithful transcript of the proceedings of that 
body, at its Twentieth Annual Communication — commenced at the City of San 
Francisco on Tuesday, the twelfth day of October, A. L. 5869, and terminated on 
Saturday, the sixteenth day of said month— and. of the returns of the subordinate 
Lodges and other matters authorized to be published. 

I have hereunto appended my official 
signature, ani have affixed the Seal 
of the Grand Lodge of the State of 
California, at the office of the Grand 
Secretary in the Masonic Temple, 
City of San Francisco, this twenty- 
fifth day of November, in the Year of 
Light 5869. 



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At the Masonic Temple, in the City of San Francisco 


TUESDAY, OCTOBEB 12th, A. D. 1869, A. L. 5869, 


• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th, A. D. 1869, A. L. 5869. 





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. LEONIDAS B. PRATT, Grand Master San Francisco; 

. Isaac S. TITUS Deputy Grand Master PlaceroUle; 

. JOHN 8. WARD Senior Grand Warden SusanviUe; 

. RICHARD DALE Junior Grand Warden. Sacramento; 

. .JAMES LAIDLEY, Grand Treasurer, San Francisco; 

. ALEXANDER G. ABELL, . .Grand Secretary, San Francisco; 

WILLIAM H. HILL Grand Chaplain, Sacrament 

. JAMES H. HARDY, Grand Orator. San Frant 

. LAWRENCE C. OWEN Ass't Grand Secretary. . . .San Fran, 

. JOHN W. SHAEFFER,. . . .Grand Lecturer, San Fram 

. IRVING X. McGUIRE Grand Marshal, Sebastopol: 

. BENJAMIN AKERLY Grand Bible Bearer, Oakland: 

. JOHN M. KEITH, Grand Standard Bearer, . . QUroy; 

•. SAMUEL PRA6ER, Grand Sword Bearer.. . . . Los Angeles; 

. WILLIAM A. HOLCOMB,. Senior Grand Deacon, San Fram 

. TH( )MAS J. ORGOX, Junior Grand Deacon, El Dorado: 

-. BENJAMIN W. BARNES, , \ ..La Porte: 

. JAMES I). McMURRY.. . . f Gbamb Stewards, } Georgetovm . 

. SAMUEL D. MAYER, Grand Organist, San Fran 

. WILLIAM N. ANDERSON,. Grand Pursuivant, San Rafael: 

\ JAMES OGLESBY Grand Tyler San Fran, 



R.\ W.-. RICHARD DALE Sacramento; 



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T^Tvozxtiotla ^.do-ilx-ulgU- Corana-aiii cation. 

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of 
the State of California commenced its Twentieth Annual Communication 
at the Masonic Temple, in the city of San Francisco, on Tuesday, the 
twelfth day of October, A. L. 5869, at ten o'clock, A. M. 

Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

l'p mi calling tin* roll of members there were found present the follow- 
in -j; — 


i/. . n. . CHARLES MARSH, Grand Master ; 

l 1 1 m i) as E . Pratt, Deputy Grand Master ; 

/,'.-. W.\ Theodore G. Cockeill, Senior Grand Warden ; 

/,'.-. II V. FREDERICK F. Barss, Junior Grand Warden ; 

• iv. W.\ Jambs Laidley, Grand Treasurer ; 

• r.\ Ii'.\ Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary ; 

• 1.-. //.-. William H. Hill, Grand Chaplain; 

II".-. Fra.*K M. Pixley, Grand Orator ; 

W.\ Lawrence C. Owen, Assistant Grand Secretary ; 

W.\ James F. Kings ley, Grand Lecturer ; 

IT. \ Bennet Pulverman, Grand Marshal ; 

\V.\ Charles E. Hutton, Grand Standard Bearer ; 

\Y.\ John S. Ward, Senior Grand, Deacon ; 

\Y.\ Melvin J. Gilkey, Junior Grand Deacon ; 

\\\\ Harrison Jones, Grand Steward ; 

W.\ Samuel D. Mayer, Grand Organist ; 

W.\ James Oglesby Grand Tyler : 


The M.\ ir.\ Jonathan D. Stevenson, Past Grand Master ; 

• M.\ W.\ Gilbert Burnet Claiborne, Past Grand Master; 

■■ If.'. W.\ William Abraham Davies, Past Grand Master ; 

■ R.\ \V.\ Adolphus Hollub, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

■ ■ B.\ W.\ Aaron I) . Park, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

•• JRL\ 11 V. John W. Harville, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

■ • R. • . W. \ Louis Cohn, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

■• It.'. W.\ Isaac S. Titus, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

• R.\ W.'. Thomas Beck, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

11 /i.-. W.\ John B. Bope. Past Junior Grand Warden ; 

r. ■. UV. Addison Martin, Past Grand Treasurer : 

And the representatives of one hundred and forty-three chartered Lodges, 
with delegates from eight Lodges under dispensation, and a large number 
of Past Masters entitled to seats. 

The Grand Master filled the vacanc places by the following appoint- 
ments, pro tempore : — 

The W.\ Thomas Johnson, to be Grand, Bible Bearer ; 

• W.\ Joseph B. Scotchler, to be Grand Sword Bearer ; 

■ UV. Eliphalet M. Smith, to be Grand Steward ; 

■ W.\ John C. Bull, .to be Grand Pursuivant : 

And, there being a sufficient representation, the Grand Lodge of California 
a opened in gimplc Jorm, with music by the choir and prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain. 

The reading of the proceedings at the last Annual Communication was 
dispensed with, the members being furnished with printed copies thereof. 


Grand Lodge of California. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following com- 
mittee — 

Bro. Isaac S. Titus, 
" Amasa W. Bishop, 
" John H. Parnell, 
" John M. Keith, 
[ " Robert Gowenlock. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 2 o'clock, this afternoon. 

On Credentials . 

§» dvatul §Mge. 


Western Star, . 

..No. 1. 

..No. 2. 

Afternoon Session, ) 

Tuesday, October Ylth, A. L. 5869. J 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 2 o'clock, the Graud Master presid- 

Bro. Isaac S. Titus, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the 
following officers and representatives of chartered Lodges, delegates from 
Lodges under dispensation, and Past Masters by service within this juris- 
diction, as present and entitled to seats, viz : from 

Benjamin H. Freeman, Master and Past Master ; 

John F. Snow, Senior Warden ; 

Alexander G. Abell, ) 

William A. Holcomb, V Past Masters. 

Isaac S. Locke, ) 

Frederick B. Chandler, Master ; 

Joseph Isaacs, Past Master. 

Tehama, No. 3 George N. Parker, Representative. 

Edwin Danforth, Master. 

Len E. Nelson, Master ; 

Solon W. Craig ue, Past Master. 

Edmund T. Wilkins, Master and Past Master. 

Henry 0. Weller, Master ; 

William A. January, Past Master. 

Henry H. Knapp, Master and Past Master. 

Thomas H. Caswell, Master ; 

Charles Marsh, ) 

Addison C. Niles, [ Past Masters ' 

Charles H. Dillon, Master. 

Jacob H. Neff, Master and Past Master ; 

Benjamin F. Myres, Past Master. 

Pierre Bonis, Master and Past Master ; 

ictor Chaigneau, Senior Warden. 
Alexander Thom, Master and Past Master ; 
Leonid as E. Pratt, Past Master. 

Benicia, No. 5 . . 

Tuolumne, No. 8. . 

Marysville, No. 9. . 

San Jose, No. 10. 

Yount, No. 12 . . 

Nevada, No. 13. 

Temple, No. 14. . 

Eureka, No. 16 . . 

Parfaite Union,... No. 17. . 

Mountain Shade,. . .No. 18. . 

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MJ8 of the 

[Oct. 12, 

No. L9.. 
No. 21.. 



.No. 24. 

No. 26. 

No. 26. 

No. 27. 

.No. 28. 

• nd ■•■ No, 20. 

i Gate No. i 


...No. 32. 

. . No. 33. 


...Xo. 34. 

. . .Xo. 35. 

...Xo. 37. 

.. Xo. 38. 

...Xo. 30. 

...No. 40 

...Xo. 41. 

....Xo. 42 

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. . . Xo. 43 

. . . Xo. 44. 

^ John M. Krlsey, Master: 

) Gilbert B. Claiborne, Past Master. 

. . i; i:\vin P. Starr, Master. 

Alexander Gr. Abkll. Representative. 

Augustine P. Carpenter, Master : 

Jabez B. Knapp, Senior Warden; 

David Morgan, Jr., Junior Warden: 

James Laidlet, ) m , 

■ : Past Masters. 

Barrison Jones. ) 

. . Daniel Kendig. Junior Warden. 

. . George S. Miller. Representative. 

. . James I). McMurry, Master and Past Master. 

\ Frederick F. Barss. Master and Past Master : 

1 Isaac S. Titus, Past Master. 

. . John McMurry, Master and Past Master. 

( Stephen Wing. Master and Past Master : 

( William A. Dayies. Past Master. 

Solomon A. Long. Master : 

George W. Phillips, Senior Warden : 

Aaron D. Park. Past Master, 
f James Patterson. Master : 

Robert Gowenlock, Senior Warden : 

Henry Blythe, Junior Warden : 

William S. Moses. ) 

George J. Hobe, r Past Masters. 

Edward M. Cottrell.. 

. Isaac Stonecipher. Master and Past Master. 
. Frank S. Hatch. Master and Past Master. 

Richard Mott, Junior Warden. 
. Daniel B. Kurtz, Master and Past Master. 
. John Pashburg, Master. 

Samuel Barnet. Master and Past M - 

Richard K. Vestal, I Past Mastere< 

George Iv. Porter. \ 
. Charles M. Patterson. Master. 
. William H. Hill. Master. 

William H. Buckley. Master and Past Mi 

Thomas E. Rottan. Master : 

Charles Prager. Senior Warden ; 

Samuel Prager. Past Master. 

John Thiesen. Master : 

Thomas J. Orgon. Past Master. 

John W. Shaeffer. Master and Past Master : 

Peter Short, Senior Warden : 

Charles L. Wig gin. ) -r, . , r 

tt~ , ' > Past Masters. 

^ illiam Anderson, ) 

James F. Black, Master : 

Wm. V. McGarvey, Senior Warden and Past 


Grand Lodge of California. 

Michigan City, No. 47. 

Forbestoicn, No. 50. 

Illinoistown, No. 51. 

Saint James, No. 54. 

Suisun, No. 55.. 

Volcano, No. 56. 

Santa Bosa, No. 57. 

Gravel Bange, No. 59. 

Plumas, No. 60. 

Live Oak, No. 61. 

George Washington,. No. 62. 

Natoma, No. 64. 

Amador, No. 65. 

Forest, No. 66. 

Morning Star, No. 68. 

Corinthian, No. 69. 

Enterprise, No. 70. 

Nebraska, No. 71. 

Mountain Forest,. . .No. 75. 

Bear Mountain, No. 76. 

Petaluma, No. 77. 

Calaveras, No. 78. 

lone, No. 80. 

Yolo, No. 81. 

Bising Star, No. 83. 

Vesper, No. 84. 

Indian Diggings, No. 85. . . -j 

Saint Louis, No. 86 

Nava 1 , No. 87... | 

Quitman, No. 88 

North Star, No. 91 

Acacia, No. 92.. \ 

Saint Helena, No. 93. 

Henry Clay, No. 95 . 

Mark Shawl, Eepresentative. 

Alexander E. Anderson, Representative. 

Wanton A. Himes, Master and Past Master. 

Alvin B. Preston, Master and Past Master. 

Jerome B. Richardson, Representative ; 

Stephen K. Nurse, Past Master. 

Laughlin McLaine, Master and Past Master. 

Alex. C. Raney, Senior Warden. 

Richard Munt, Master. 

Nicholas Hartley, Junior Warden. 

James C. Kyte, Master ; 

Jeremiah E. Whitcher, | pagt j^^ 

Francis K. Shattuck, J 

Benjamin L. Conyers, Senior Warden ; 

Dan J.. Edgar ', Past Master. 

Arthur E. Hill, Master. 

Robert Aitkin, Master and Past Master ; 

Mark Levinsky, Senior Warden and Past .Master. 

George W. Perkins, Master ; 

John Kirkpatrick, Past Master. 

John Daly, Senior Warden. 

Amasa W. White, Master. 

Samuel H. Ross, Master. 

John D. Perkins, Master. 

James B. Crooks, Master. 

Thomas Deer, Master and Past Master. 

Oscar V. Walker, Master. 

James Barclay, Master and Past Master. 

Manuel C. Parkison, Master and Past Master. 

David Schindler, Master. 

Ambrose H. Cowdan, Master ; 

John W. Harville, Past Master. 

Silas W.JKenney, Master ; 

Martin S. Wadsworth, Junior Warden. 

Jonathan Edmondson, Master and Past Master 

James W. Reppy, Past Master. 

Elias Anderson, Senior Warden. 

Charles A. Kidder, Master ; 

Alexander Hichborn, Senior Warden. 

Daniel Boody, Master and Past Master. 

Andrew J. Starling, Junior Warden. 

Andrew J. Chtistie, Master ; 

Robert Chalmers, Past Master. 

John H. Allison, Master ; 

J. R. Wright, Senior Warden ; 

Edward L. Levey, Past Master. 

Thomas Dunlap, Master. 

In Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

. . Jambs Vance, Junior Warden. 
\,,. 97... Benjamin W. Babnes, Master. 

Llebed W. Clough, Master and Past Master. 
. William Floto, Senior Warden. 
\ ,. LOO Hiram A. Messenger, Master and Past Master. 

{Alexander G. Oliver, Junior Warden ; 
Isaac T. Coffin, Past Master. 

,No. l(W Joseph B. Cooke, Master. 

( James M. Vance, Past Master and Representative ; 
• N "-'" :! - \ Isaac Upham, Past Master. 

No. 104 Peter Penfold, Representative. 

. . .No. LOfi Edward Donaghy, Master. 

No. 100. . . Augustus Jacoby, Representative. 

Xo. 107 John K. Underwood, Master and Past Master. 

Xo. 10S John Marfield, Master and Past Master. 

/ Melvin J. Gilkey, Master and Past Master ; 

Xo. 110. . J William G. Hudson, Junior Warden ; 

( Thomas Beck, Past Master. 
v j Andrew J. Hassinger, Junior Warden ; 

°* " \ Amasa W. Bishop, Past Master. 

Xo. 112 William E. Steuart, Master and Past Master. 

. Xo. 113 Eliphalet M. Smith, Master and Past Master. 

Mark% Xo. 115 Columbus A. Purinton, Representative. 

■ / Xo. 117 John H. Parnell, Master and Past Master. 

Xo. 119 Joseph Pryor, Master. 

( Samuel Platshek, Senior Warden ; 

*» Xo.120.. JLouisCohn-, ! Past Masters. 

( William H. Culver, ) 

William W. Poole, Master ; 

| James Dods, Past Master. 

X"o. 123, Charles E. Hutton, Master and Past Master. 

__.. , r . . « , n . I John B. Hewitt, Master; 
Mountain,. ..Xo. 124.. ] a ' . ' 

I St. John Jackson, Senior Warden. 

f Isidor X. Choyinski, Master; 
No. 125. . ] ^ AMES H J HAMY ' Senior Warden ' 

| BeNNET PCLVERMAN, > p^ ^^ 

[ Louis Kaplan, ) 

T „ ,, XT io^ i Irving X. McGutre, Master and Past Master; 

tyette, Xo. 126.. ^ T _ _ _ '. m , ' 

( James S. Eliah, Senior Warden. 

i Charles E. Hansen, Master; 

ifM Xo. 127. . -! Adam Menges, Senior Warden; 

(. John G. Andres en, Past Master. 

Xo. 121.. j 

Xo. 128. 

\ Elias Jacob, Past Master and Representative; 
( Andrew H. Broder, Past Master. 

»! No- 129 Chas. W. A. Arens, Past Master and Representative 

lbridge t Xo. 131 Edwin B. Sherman, Master. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. , 11 

j Albert J. Gifford, Master; 
Sincerity, No. 132. . j MlL ^ 0N B# Bransford, Past Master. 

Yosemite, No. 133 John H. Carpenter, Senior Warden. 

XT _ D . ( Henry Eversole, Master and Past Master; 
Vacamlle No. 134. . j John r BopE> pagt Magter 

Valley, No. 135 John Wasley, Master and Past Master. 

( George Penlington, Senior Warden; 
Pacific, No. 136. . \ John F. Kennedy, Junior Warden; 

( Adolphus Hollub, Past Master. 

Violet, No. 138 John J. Lawyer, Junior Warden. 

■v-r -.^ ( Carstein Hildebrandt, Master; 

Crockett, No. 139. . \ __ _, T . w ' 

j William Cashman, Junior Warden. 

Curtis, No. 140 Thomas Johnson, Master and Past Master. 

Colusa, No. 142 James M. Wilson, Master. 

Franklin, No. 143 Solomon Runyon, Senior Warden. 

William M. Cubery, Senior Warden; 

Oriental No. 144. . 

] James Pullman, Past Master, 

, Nelson R. Shaw, Senior Warden and Past Master; 
\ Theodore G. Cockrill, Past Master. 

Abell, No. 146. 

\ Cyrus C. Cummings, Master and Past Master ; 
( Isaac Isaac, Junior Warden. 

Eel River, No. 147 Johnt C. Bull, Past Master and Representative. 

t xt *m* i John S. Ward, Master and Past Master; 

Lassen, No. 149. . \ XT ' . ' 

( Z. N. Spalding, Junior Warden. 

Molino, No. 150 Robert H. Blossom, Master and Past Master. 

( James F. Kingsley, Master; 
Palmyra, No. 151. . ■< Oliver V. Morris, Junior Warden; 

( George H. Gilbert, Past Master. 
Mount Carmel, No. 155 Robert McGoun, Master and Past Master. 

Woodland, No.156.. ( Charles S. Frost, Master ; 

( Thomas C. Pockman, Past Master. 

Cibsonville N 1"8 i ^ HAKLES 0* McQuesten, Master and Past Master ; 

( Jesse A. Brown, Junior Warden. 

Pilot Hill, No. 160 John Bishop, Master. 

Keystone, No. 161 Lafayette Tirrill, Master. 

Harmony,, No. 164 James R. Peacock, Junior Warden and Past Master. 

f James Anderson, Master ; 

I Lawrence C. Owen, ] 

Excelsior, No. 166.. -I Thomas Kyle, „ 

i tvm- [ Past Masters. 

Stewart Menzies, 

L Addison Martin, J 
Alameda, No. 167 Lorenzo G. Yates, Master and Past Master. 

' John Shaw Scott, Master ; 
Jerome Spaulding, Senior Warden ; 
Mission, No. 169. . -| Thomas Magilton, Junior Warden ; 

ELIAS RODECKER, t p ast Master3 . 

[ William Bradford, j 
Dry town, No. 174 Milton A. Hinkson, Representative. 

[2 Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

1 71; William BCcK. Culp, Representative. 

( Horace C. Rolfe, Master ; 

ij lc H. Levy, Senior Warden. 

\ Bbick J. Albertson, Master and Past Ma-ter : 

N "' j7! ' } Aahon Chalfont, Past Master. 

\.,. L80 Benjamin F. Tuttle, Master and Past Master. 

\.. 181.... .Edward H. Barnes, Master. 

\ ... 184 Edgab Haun, Master and Past Master. 

\ .. 1 36 William E. Ackerson, Representative. 

- ■ • No. 186 Ibisha Swain. Master and Past Master. 

\ John M. Keith, Master and Past Master ; 

j George E. Bennett, Junior Warden. 

( Nathan W. Spaulding, Master and Past Master ; 

</ No. 188. . -( T „ c , . — , 

( Joseph B. Scotchleb, Senior \A arden. 

Xn. 189 Albert B. Bird, Master and Past Master. 

Light. . . .No. 190 William N. Guptill, Representative. 

No. 191 Charles Steven?, Junior Warden. 

ra No. 192 Joseph A. Rich, Master and Past Master. 

U. D Meredith R. York, Delegate. 

U. D Thaddeus Sherman, Delegate. 

U. D Woods Crawford, Delegate. 

fcee, U. D William A. King, Delegate and Past Master. 

U. D Bernhard Myers, Delegate. 

. ha, U. D Leander C. Goodwin, Delegate. 

• U. D Ansel M. Bragg, Delegate. 

8, U. D Carlisle S. Abbott, Delegate. 

Which report was concurred in, and the brethren therein named were 
admitted to seats. 

The Grand Master then delivered his Annual Address to the Grand 
Lodge, as follows : — 

Brethren of the Grand Lodge of California : — 

We have assembled to-day, in compliance with a custom which is recognized by 
the civilized world as the best and wisest rule of action for perfecting and regulating 
the order of society. To such representative assemblies as this have people from 
arliest time confided the trust of government and power : and to us, my brethren. 
ted the privilege of explaining our laws and giving force and effect to their 
execution. I trust that our deliberations will be conducted in harmony, and with fra- 
ternal toleration for those differences of opinmn which are the results of education 
and of the conflicting relations incident to the various pursuits of life. We have no 
antagonism with any organization whose object is the promotion of good-will among 
men. We claim no right of dictation beyond that which pertains to morality. We 
inculcate no rules which are at variance with the policy and practice of just govern- 
ment. We recognize Charity, in whatever form it comes, to ameliorate the condition 
of mankind. We are governed by ethical rules, so perfectly adapted to the purpose 
for which they were formed that they have remained unchanged for successive 
—faithful guides to all who observe and practice them through this life, and giving 
assuring hope of happiness in the life to come. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California, « 13 

Our annual meetings are communion seasons for the Craft, at which, by free in- 
terchange of thought, the variances of opinion which spring up in isolated commu- 
nities are harmonized, reconciled, and adjusted. The interchange of ideas here cul- 
tivated promotes those fraternal feelings which, carried by the representatives to 
their homes, grow more bright when reflected by the body of the Craft, imbuing 
them with sentiments of virtue and charity, inculcating nobler thoughts and higher 
aspirations, and making it a proud distinction to be known as a Mason. Let us not 
forget, in our legislation, that we are governed by landmarks which have stood im- 
movable for centuries, and that we are but interpreters, adapting them to the situa- 
tion and wants of a progressive age. Let us be grateful to the great Dispenser of all 
Good for the prosperity vouchsafed to us during the past year, for the many 
blessings we have enjoyed, and for the general exemption from that dread decree 
which man can not escape ; thus permitting us to meet so many familiar faces re- 
flecting the glow of health and happiness. 

The general prosperity of the Craft throughout the jurisdiction is gratifying. 
Many new Lodges have been formed during the past year, and our membership is 
steadily increasing ; thus giving our Order a promise of that future success sure to 
spring from the intellectual class now being admitted, who will hereafter teach and 
illustrate its adaptability to improve and elevate mankind. 

With the various Grand Bodies of Masonry throughout the world our relations are 
of the most friendly nature, our intercourse being marked with the courtesy char- 
acteristic of the fraternal bond. But three instances of violation of our jurisdic- 
tional rights have been brought to my knowledge during the past year ; one by a 
subordinate of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and two by subordinates in the 
State of New York. I informed the Grand Masters of those States thereof, who 
promptly replied to my communications, and the Grand Master of New York imme- 
diately suspended the offending Lodges until satisfactory explanation was made in 
reference thereto. I have also received a communication from the Grand Master of 
Masons in Tennessee, acknowledging, in the most fraternal manner, the violation of 
jurisdiction to which my predecessor alluded in his annual address, explaining the 
error of the subordinate Lodge, and asking us to have the brother healed and allowed 
Masonic rights. 

During the past year I have granted twelve dispensations for opening new Lodges, 
all, with one exception, being located in the agricultural districts of the State, where 
their permanence and prosperity is unquestioned. I have also granted sundry special 
dispensations in cases provided for by the Constitution, the purposes of which will be 
furnished by the Grand Secretary in his report. Not being able to attend myself, I 
issued special authorizations for the dedications of halls erected and owned 
respectively by Los Angeles Lodge, No. 42, Texas Lodge, No. No. 46, and Woodland 
Lodge, No. 156 ; and I also issued an authorization to the W.'. Bro. Joseph Isaacs, to 
lay the corner-stone of a Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Millville, in 
Shasta County : all which duties were satisfactorily performed by the brethren des- 
ignated to discharge them. I refused permission to dedicate a hall owned in part- 
nership with another organization which also intended to'perform a similar ceremo- 
ny, not believing it in consonance with our teachings that halls dedicated to Masonry 
should be dedicated to other purposes also. 

Some amendments to the Constitution will in my opinion be advantageous, and 
produce a good effect. The fee charged for affiliation should be no longer demand- 
ed, as we require membership, or application therefor, to place one in good stand- 
ing, and at the same time affix thereto conditions which, in some instances, may 
make it a hardship, or at least deter those who would otherwise make application, 
from doing so. Membership in a Lodge is a duty which every Mason should fulfil, if 
possible, and our laws should place no obstacle in the way which serves as an ex- 
cuse for non-affiliation. 

II Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

> recommend that the law in reference to the ballot be made positive and 

quiring all Lodges to have but one ballot for the three degrees. Such is 

now the rale of nearly all the Lodges, and I see no good reason why a rule that is 

found to operate harmoniously in one hundred and sixty-five Lodges out of one hun- 

flred tnd lOYenty, should he objectionable to the other five. I think that Sec. 7, Art. 

Ill, Perl HI. of the Constitution, should be so amended as to require one half the fee 

ompany the petition, the other half to be paid previous to initiation. As it 

now roads it has been misunderstood in many instances, and it should be made plain. 

I also recommend that the 4th and 7th General Regulations be repealed, and that 

;th be amended. The 4th Regulation I consider no longer necessary, for the 

material Jurisdiction is so well understood and recognized by the various 

Lodges thai a violation thereof can not well occur which will warrant the 

form of condonation specified in that regulation. The 7th Regulation is no longer 

M the circumstances which caused its adoption no longer exist. The 13th 

..ition should be so amended as not arbitrarily to fix the amount of tax levied 

for the Representative Fund, but to conform to the practice of the Grand Lodge in 

levying the amount necessary for each year. 

At our last Annual Communication the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Hall 
Fund were directed to inquire into and ascertain the situation of and interest held by 
the Grand Lodge in the (so-called) Gass and Clark property in Sacramento ; and 
Bro. Iin hard Dale, of said Board, after making all inquiries practicable, and find- 
that an attempt to recover the property would be attended with expensive and 
protracted litigation and doubtful success, after advising with the officers of the 
Grand Lodge and his co-Trustees, compromised the claim upon terms, in my opin- 
ion, greatly to the interest of this body. His services in this matter should be ap- 
preciated by the Grand Lodge, for, without his assistance, in all probability nothing 
would have been realized from that source. 

In regard to the work, I learn that there is considerable difference in practice 
among the Lodges, and have come to the conclusion that the present system of its 
attempted dissemination by an unpaid Grand Lecturer is not conducive of good results. 
The term of ten years would not be sufficient for one Grand Lecturer to visit all the 
_••- and correct their errors and at the same time teach all who desire to acquire 
the work and lectures. I have no doubt that had the system practiced during the 
years 1*63-4-5-6 been continued, there would have been no cause for complaint in 
rd to uniformity. A Grand Lecturer resident at San Francisco, or some conven- 
ient locality, and paid a sufficient salary for devoting the time necessary to teach all 
who desire to perfect and qualify themselves for teaching is, in my opinion, the only 
way in which the work and lectures can be kept uniform, for then there is a foun- 
tain-head within reach of all thirsty inquirers. It would be far better for the Craft 
to abolish the office than to retain it according to the present system. A Grand Lec- 
turer can not visit an 1 instruct all the Lodges in person ; and besides, many Lodges 
prefer to have one of their own number become their teacher, the expense being 
than that incurred by the employment of a traveling Grand Lecturer. I hope 
the Grand Lodge will take some action to return to and re-ensure the uniformity once 
before attained. 

The appointment of Representatives near other Grand Lodges is a custom which 
tends to preserve the harmony that should be maintained between Grand Bodies ex- 
ercising independent authority, and it is a gratifying acknowledgment of that frater- 
nity of sentiment which is the distinguishing characteristic of Masonry. With these 
views, and in reciprocation of the appointments made near our Grand Lodge, I have 
accredited the following named distinguished Masons as our Representatives near 
their respective Grand Lodges, viz : for Tennessee, the R.\ W.\ Townsend A. 
Thomas, Past Deputy Grand Master ; for Louisiana, the Mr. W.\ J. Q. A. Fell- 
Past Grand Master ; for Washington Territory, the M.\ W.\ Thomas M. Reed, Past 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. , 15 

Grand Master ; for Missouri, the E.\ W.\ George Frank Gouley, Grand Secretary; 
for Illinois, the 3/.\ W.\ Habmax G. Reynolds, Grand Master ; for Iowa, the W.\ 
Bro. William B. Langridge ; for Nova Scotia, the Mr. W.\ Stephen R. Sircom, 
Past Grand Master ; and for Nebraska, the Wr. Bro. John Reed. 

And now, my brethren, I surrender to your keeping the trust which has been mine 
during the past year, asking you to view leniently any errors that may have occurred 
in my administration of the laws or in the* government of the Craft. Questions often 
arise in which the scale seems evenly balanced, and he who can with even hand and 
accurate judgment adjust the difference is fortunate of men. I hope you will re- 
member me with charity, for to be perfect falls not to the lot of man. In attempt- 
ing to rise superior to prejudice we often find ourselves, as we think, not understood ; 
but the world moves on, and all is well. 


Grand Master. 

The Address was ordered to be referred to a special committee of five, 
and the Deputy Grand Master named the following brethren to constitute 
such committee — 

C Bro. Charles L. Wiggin, 
" William H. Hill, 

On the Address of the Grand Master : j " Henry H. Knapp , 

i( George H. Gilbert, 
[ " Frederick B. Chandler. 

The Grand Secretary presented his Annual Report, as follows : — 

To the M.\ Wr Grand Lodge of California : — 

For the fourteenth time, in accordance with the provisions of our organic law, the 
undersigned presents his report of those transactions of the Grand Secretary's office, 
during the year since the last Annual Communication, which may require action on 
the part of the Grand Lodge, or may be of interest to its officers and members. 

As ordered by the Grand Lodge two years ago, seventeen hundred and fifty copies 
of its transactions at the last Annual Communication were printed, which, after reserv- 
ing the usual number for binding and for the use of the Grand Lodge at the present 
Communication, have been distributed in the customary manner, viz: four copies to 
each Lodge within the jurisdiction, two copies to each of the Grand Lodges with 
which we are in correspondence, one copy to each of the principal Masonic period- 
icals in the United States, and, generally, a copy to anybody without this jurisdiction 
who wrote for one and whose Masonic position entitled him to the courtesy. 

The six Lodges to which charters were granted at the last Annual Communica- 
tion, viz -.—Keith, No. 187, Oakland, No. 188, Latrobe, No. 189, Northern Light, No. 
190. Marin, No. 191, and Santa Barbara, No. 192, — were all in proper time duly 
constituted and had their officers installed by Past Grand Officers or Past Masters, 
acting under special letters of authorization issued by the Grand Master, as will 
appear by the several reports of those officers, herewith submitted. 

Since the close of that Communication, dispensations for the formation of twelve 
new Lodges have been issued from this office ; the first of which, as below men- 
tioned, was by order of the Grand Lodge, during that Communication, and the 
remainder by direction of the Grand Master, as follows, viz : — 
Octo. 23, 1868,. .To Feimdale Lodge, at Ferndale, Humboldt County; 

Dec. 26, " . 
Feb. 8, 1869,. 
Mch. 25, " . 
Mch. 30, " , 
April 17, " 

" Mountain View Lodge, at Mountain View, Santa Clara County ; 

" Buckeye Lodge, at Buckeye, Yolo County ; 

" San Simeon Lodge, at Rosaville, San Luis Obispo County ; 

" Paradise Lodge, at Haywood, Alameda County ; 

11 Wilmington Lodge, at Wilmington, Los Angeles County ; 

16 Proceedings of the [Oct. 12. 

April 27, 1869,. .To Hartley Lodge, at Lakeport, Lake County ; 

May 5, " . . " Truckee Lodge, at Truckee, Nevada County ; 

June 3, " . . ,€ SUveyville Lodge, at Silveyville, Solano County ; 

June 25, " . . " Pent alpha Lodge, at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County ; 

July 15, " . . " Confidence Lodge, at Castroville, Monterey County ; 

Aug. 30, " . . " Salinas Lodge, at Salinas, Monterey County. 

The petitions for the foregoing dispensations, with the dimit^ of the several peti- 
tioners, the recommendations of the nearest or most convenient chartered Lodges, 
and the certificates required from Masters, by our laws, in regard to the qualifica- 
tions of the officers proposed, were all prepared in the manner prescribed by our 
Constitution ; and they are herewith presented, together with the returned dispensa- 
tions, the books of records, and the petitions of the new Lodges to be perpetuated 
by charters. 

Again it is gratifying to note the fact that no surrender of a charter has occurred 
during the year, as it is one of the evidences of the increasing stability of everything 
in our State. While, formerly, every annual report showed the extinction of one or 
more Lodges, three years have now elapsed without such an occurrence, and with 
the existing state of things, it is not probable that hereafter the Grand Secretary 
will be called upon often to record such an event. In the earlier days dispensations 
and charters were granted freely to our brethren in the mining gulches, but when 
the gulch was worked out, so also was the Lodge, and thus man}' vacancies were 
created in the numbers upon our registry. During the later years our popula- 
tion has become more fixed, even in the mineral-bearing portions of the Stat 
quartz and hydraulic mining affords a far more permanent employment than the 
placer washings of the early period ; and in the agricultural counties, now rapidly 
and constantly filling with farmers who establish homes, where, during several years 
past, most of the Lodges have been instituted, there is little to- fear for their perma- 
nence and usefulness. 

The numbers upon our register of chartered Lodges have now reached to one 
hundred and ninety-two. Of these, twenty-one, for reasons heretofore presented, 
have voluntarily surrendered their charters ; three have become extinct by the re- 
vocation of those instruments ; two, established in Oregon, assisted in the formation 
of the Grand Lodge of that State ; and, eight, instituted in Nevada, transferred their 
allegiance to the Grand Lodge there established by themselves. Thus there are now 
in active existence within this jurisdiction one hundred and fifty-eight chartered 
Lodges, besides the twelve to which dispensations have been issued since the last 
Annual Communication — making in all one hundred and seventy. 

There have been a few more cases of trials for Masonic offenses than were pre- 
sented last year. The transcripts of trial-records which have reached this office 
during the current year, in cases where notices of appeal have been filed, are the 
following, all which have been placed in the hands of the standing Committee on 
Grievances, viz : from 

, in case of J. C. Boggs, suspended, . .May 24, 1869 

< " Charles Vaillant,. . .expelled, ... .Dec. 2 
1 " Wesley Stevenson, .suspended.. .Oct. 8,1868 

< " J. G. McLellan, expelled,. . . Nov. 11, 1868 

< " Jas. H. McCain, . . .acquitted, . . .July 10, 1869 
' " Geo. W. Treanor,. ..suspended, . .Aug. 26, 1869 

< " William Wheeler,, .reprimanded, May 28,1869 
: ' " Wm. K. Creque, .. .suspended, . .Aug. 18, 1869 

—and, from a Commission of Masters appointed by the Grand Master in the case of 

the late Master of 

Pacific Lodge, No. 136, Edward W.Tifft,. .. .suspended,. . July 23, 


No. 16, 

Parfaite Union, 

" 17, 

Gravel Range, 

" 69, 

a ti 

" 69, 

St. Louis, 

" 86, 


" 129, 


" 133, 

Pilot Hill, 

" 160, 

Trinity, - I 

to. 27, 

Santa Clara, 

" 34, 


" 58, 


" 66, 

Morning Star, 

" 68, 

Rose's Bar, 

" 89, 

Mount Zion, 

" 114, 

La Fayette, 

" 126, 


" 126, 


" 131, 


" 146, 

Moiud Carmel, 

" 155, 


" 167, 

Clear Lake; 

" 183, 

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The transcripts of similar records, in cases of expulsion or suspension, unaccom- 
panied by notices of appeal, which have been received by the undersigned during the 
year, are as follows, all which have also been handed to the standing Committee on 
Grievances, as many of them are so irregularly prepared as to demand some notice — 
viz : from 

27, in case of Jolm J. JTuscroft,. .suspended,. .Feb. 25, 1867 

< " Abijah McCall, expelled,. . . .Nov. 18, 1868 

1 " Dana Parks,. expelled, May 5,1869 

' " Edward P. Meiley, . expelled,. .. .Mch. 27, 1869 
1 " Charles F. Smith,, .expelled,. . . . Aug. 24, 1869 

< " Benj. K. Taylor,. . .expelled,. .. .July 14, 1869 
{ " Lawson M. Russell, expelled, . . . .Nov. 28, 1868 

1 " George Henckel,. . .expelled, Mch. 6,1869 

1 " Henry Steitz, expelled, Mch. 6,1869 

' " Theo. H. McNelly,. suspended, ..Oct. 15, 1S67 
' " Joseph McCormick, suspended, . .Nov. 28, 1868 
' " Peter Druuzer.. .. .suspended, . .Apl. 10,1869 
' " Olivers. Livermore, expelled,. . . .Jan. 23, 1869 

" Win.Christianson, . .expelled, Oct. 31, 1868. 

It will be seen from the foregoing that two of the three Lodges last year re 
ported as delinquent for non-transmission of transcripts of trial-records, viz : Trin 
Uy, No. 27, and Woodbridge, No. 131, have now complied with the law in that re 
spect ; but thus far no transcript has been received from the third — 
ForbeStown, No. 50, in case of William Mullings,. . . .suspended,. .Dec. 21, 1867. 

One other Lodge only has this year failed to comply with that provision of the Con- 
stitution which requires transcripts of the records of all trials resulting in expulsion 
or suspension, whether there be or be not a notice of appeal, to be sent to this 
office. An examination of the annual reports shows that, in addition to those before 
enumerated, the following trial, thus resulting, has taken place, but no transcript 
of the proceedings thereat has been received by the Grand Secretary, viz : in 
Visalia, - No. 128, in case of E. B. Lockley, expelled, Aug. 21,1869. 

recommendations for restoration to the rights and privileges of Masonry have 
been received and placed in the hands of the standing Committee on Grievances for 
the following, whose petitions have heretofore been received and acted upon ad- 
versely, viz : — 

John S. Blackwell, expelled by Forest, No. 66, Oct. 27, 185S; 

George Lipman, expelled by Woodland, " 156,. . .... May 17, 1867. 

Since the last Annual Communication, seventeen special dispensations have been 
issued from this office by order of the Grand Master. Of these, ten were to author- 
ize reballots upon the petitions of rejected applicants for the degrees, within the 
period of prohibition prescribed in the general provisions of our law ; four were to 
authorize the election of officers at times other than the regular one named in the 
Constitution; and three were to allow ballots upon the petitions for degrees without 
the customary reference to committees of investigation. The petitions for the issue 
of these dispensations were all ordered to be presented by the unanimous ballots of 
the Lodges whence they came, in the manner prescribed by our law ; and they, with 
such other papers as relate to them, are herewith submitted. 

Sundry proposed amendments to the by-laws of our chartered Lodges — nine in 
number— have been received during the year. Of these, seven relate to a change of 
fees or dues, one to a change in the time of meeting, and one to the striking out of a 
section adopted for a temporary purpose. All have been approved by the Grand 


18 Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

Master, and are now presented for final action by the Grand Lodge, together with 
copies of the by-laws of the twelve Lodges existing under dispensation. 

At the last Annual Communication it was ordered that the portraits of Past Grand 
Masters James L. English, Jonathan D. Stevenson, William H. Howard, and 
William A. Davies, be procured and placed among the other portraits in the offices 
of the Grand Lodge. In accordance .with that order, soon after the close of the 
Communication, the undersigned gave a direction for the pictures to Bro. Stephen H. 
Shaw, the artist to whose skilful pencil the Grand Lodge is indebted for the life-like por- 
traits already in its possession ; and three of them— those of Bros. English, Steven- 
son, and Howard — have been finished and are now presented. The fourth has not 
been taken, because, as stated by the artist, he was unable to obtain the attendance 
of Bro. Davies for sittings ; but it is hoped that before leaving the city now, he will 
find opportunity for that purpose. 

The library of the Grand Lodge has been still further increased by the addition of 
the following volumes to those already upon our shelves, viz : — 

The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Alabama, from 1865 to 1868, inclusive ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 742. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, for the years 1866 and 1867 ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 660. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, for the years 1867 and 1868 ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 506. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, from 1866 to 1869, inclusive ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 428. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, from 1867 to 1869, inclusive ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 770. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, for the years 1867 and 1868 ; 

8vo., blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 878. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Maine, from 1867 to 1869, inclusive ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 588. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, from Nov., 1867 to May, 1869, 

inclusive ; 8vo., blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 640. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, from 1866 to 1868, inclusive ; 

8vo., blue roan, pp. 510. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota, from 1861 to 1869, inclusive ; 

8vo., blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 440. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, from 1861 to 1869, inclusive ; 

8vo., blue roan, 2 vols., pp. 792, 870. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, for the years 1867 and 1868 ; 8vo., 

blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 826. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, from 1867 to 1869, inclusive ; 

8vo, blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 648. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of New York, from 1867 to 1869, inclusive ; 

8vo., blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 830. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, for the years 1867 and 

1868 ; 8vo., blue roan, 1 vol., pp. 588. 
The Transactions of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, from 1867 to 1869, inclusive ; 

8vo., blue roan, 1 vol. pp. 568. 
The Transactions of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 

from 1864 to 1868, inclusive, prefaced with a brief history from its organization 

to 1864 ; 8vo., black morocco, 1 vol., pp. 654. 
The Transactions of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of 

the Ancient and Accepted (Scottish) Rite for the Northern Jurisdiction of the 

United States, from 1859 to 1868, inclusive ; 8vo., black morocco, 2 vols., pp. 

568, 610. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 19 

The Freemason's Monthly Magazine, from November, 1866, to October, 1868, in- 
clusive, edited by Charles W. Moore ; 8vo., half blue calf, Boston, vols. XXVI 
and XXVIT, pp. 384 each. 
Tae Masonic Review, from January, 1868, to June, 1869, inclusive, edited by Corne- 
lius Moore ; 8vo., half blue calf, Cincinnati, vols. XXXIII, XXXIV, and XXXV, 
pp, 384 each. 
The Masonic Monthly, from its commencement in November, 1863, to December, 1868, 
inclusive, edited by Samuel Evans; 8vo., half blue calf, Boston, vols. I to V, 
inclusive, pp, 572, 592, 554, 460, 470. 
Calendrier Maconnique du Grand Orient de France, for 1867 and 1868; 24mo., half 
blue calf, Paris, 1 vol., pp, 558. 

Being in all thirty-one volumes, and making the number of bound volumes of 
purely Masonic works upon our shelves five hundred and forty-three. 

To the R.\ IF.*. Theodore S. Parvin, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of 
Iowa, we are indebted for a full set of the bound proceedings of that State ; and 
to the 111. Bro. Josiah H. Drummoxd, of Maine, Grand Commander of the Supreme 
Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, for a completion of our files of the transactions 
of that body. 

The registers and account books of the Grand Secretary's office, the letter books 
for the year, and the files of letters received from within and without the jurisdiction, 
are herewith submitted for inspection ; as is also an account of the revenues of the 
Grand Lodge for the year ending on the thirty-first day of July, 1869, with the Grand 
Treasurer's receipts for the moneys collected, and the vouchers for the orders drawn 
upon that officer, as follows : — 

The Grand Secretary in account with the Grand Lodge of California for the fiscal 

year ending July 31st, 1869. 
1868. For receipts during the year, as follows : Dr. 

Gen. Fund. Kep. Fund. 
Nov. 1. From sundry sources, from Aug. 1st, 1868, to this date, 
as per account at page 428, et seq., printed proceed- 
ings of the year 1868, $11,364 00 $1,998 50 

Dec. 26. Mountain View, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

Jan. 20. Meridian, No. 182, special dispensat'n to elect officers, 10 00 
Feb. 4. Enterprise, " 70, 4< " " "• " 10 00 

" 8. Buckeye, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

" 20. Marin, No. 192, special dispensation to re-ballot,. . . 10 00 

Mch. 1. Franklin, " 143, " " " elect officers, 10 00 

11 8. Golden Gate, No. 30, spec'l disp. to ballot without refer'e, 10 00 
" 9. Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund, balance account due 

from estate of Bro. Henry H. Hartley, Trustee, 1705 28 

" 9. Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund, for sale of remaining 

interest of Grand Lodge in lands in Sacramento,. . . .3750 00 
" 11. Mendocino, No. 179, special dispensation to re-ballot,.. 10 00 

" 26. San Simeon, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

" 29. Phoenix, No. 178, two special dispensat's to re-ballot, 20 00 

" 30. Paradise, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

Ap'l 9. Saint Helena, No. 93, spec'l disp. to ballot without refer'e, 10 00 
" 21. La Grange, " 99, special dispensat'n to elect officers, 10 00 
" 21. Fidelity, " 120, special dispensation to re-ballot, .. . 10 00 

" 26. Wilmington, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge 75 00 

" 28. Hartley, TJ. D., " " " " 75 00 

" 29. Truckee, U. D., " " " " 75 00 

Amounts carried forward, $17,454 28 $1998 50 

20 Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

Amounts brought forward, $17,454 28 |19S 

May 5. San Jose, No. 10, special dispensation to re-ballot,. . . 10 00 

" IS. Madison, " 23, " " " " ... 10 00 

" 21. Live Oak, " 61, " " " " ... 10 00 

■ 31. Silveyville, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

June 25. Pentalpha, U.D., " " " " 75 00 

•• 25. Oakland, No. 18S, special dispensation to re-ballot,. . . 10 00 

July 15. Confidence, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 75 00 

•• 20. Occidental, No. 22, spec'l disp. to ballot without refer'e, 10 00 

; - 31. Fees for 78 diplomas issued during the year, 156 00 

•• 31. Sale of 54 copies of bound volumes of proceedings, 135 00 

" 31. " " 550 " " Constitution and Regulations 68 75 

" 31. " " 9 " " proceedings of the year 1868, 9 00 

Total receipts for the year ending July 31, 1869, $18,098 I 

Amounting collectively to the sum of $20,096 53 


Received for dues on account of the General Fund, to July 31, 1869, $10,939 00 

" " " " " " Rep. " " " " < ; 1 

" dispensations to form new Lodges during the year, 825 00 

" charters issued by order of the Grand Lodge, in October, 1868, 300 00 

" special dispensations to re-ballot on rejected petitions, 140 00 

" " " " elect officers of Lodges, 40 00 

" " " :i ballot without referring petitions,. . . 30 00 
" diplomas, bound volumes, constitutions, and proceedings, ... 

from the Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund, 5,455 28 

Total receipts from all sources during the year, 

1868. CONTRA. Cr. 

Gen. Fund. Rep. Fund. 

Oct. 17. Paid to the Grand Treasurer, per his receipt, $3,001 50 

" 31. ' " " " " " " " " 8,3G2 50 


Jan. 31. " " " " " " " " 85 00 

Apl. 30. " " " " " " " " 6,005 28 

July 31. " " " " " " " " 643-75 

Total payments to the Grand Treasurer, $18,098 03 

Making an aggregate amount of 

It will be seen that the amount of receipts for the year is unusually large. This 
is on account of the payment into the treasury of a balance of $1705 28 in the hands 
of the Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund last year, and of the sales of certain lands 
of the Grand Lodge, in the city of Sacramento, effected by the Trustees during the 
current year, for the sum of $3,750 ; making an amount of $5,455 28 in addition to the 
ordinary sources of revenue. 

It is gratifying to be enabled to conclude this report with the statements that no 
Lodge was a dollar in arrears for dues at the conclusion of that portion of it relating 
to finances, and that the returns of every Lodge — chartered and under dispensation — 
for the present year, have been received. 
All which is respectfully submitted by 

ALEXANDER G. ABELL, Grand Secretary. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 21 

Which report was referred to the special committee to whom had been 
referred the Address of the Grand Master. 

The Grand Treasurer presented his Annual Report, as follows : — 

The Grand Treasurer in account with the Grand Lodge of California, for the fiscal 

year ending July 31s£, 1869. 
1868. RECEIPTS. Dr. 

Gen. Fund. Kep. Fund. 

Aug. 1. Balance in the treasury, as per last account, $ 802 32 $4,263 50 

Oct. 17. Cash received from the Grand Secretary, this date . . . 3,001 50 1,998 50 

" 31. " " " " " " " " .. 8,362 50 


Jan. 31. " " " " " " " " . . 85 00 

April 30. " " " " " • " " " . . 6,005 28 

July 31. " » " " » " " " . . 643 75 

Total of balances and receipts for the year, $18,900 35 $6,262 00 

Making an aggregate amount of $25,162 35 


For account of Salaries of Grand Officers : 

Paid Grand Secretary, as per vouchers Nos. 10, 23, 41, 55, $3,600 00 

" Assist. Gr. Sec'y, " " " " 11,24,42,54, 1,200 00 

" Grand Treasurer, " " " " 53, 200 00 

" Grand Tyler, " " " " 14, 100 00 $5,100 00 

For account of Expenses of Grand Officers : 

Paid Grand Master and Senior Grand Warden for expenses 
attending Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in 1868, 
as per vouchers Nos. 4,17, 90 00 

Paid for sundry expenses of Annual Communication of the Grand 

Lodge in October, 1868, as per vouchers Nos. 9, 13, 62 52 $156 52 

For account of Expenses of Grand Secretary's Office : 

Paid for printing and binding 1750 copies of Grand Lodge pro- 
ceedings of 1868, as per voucher No. 20, $2,003 61 

Paid for sundry printing, as per vouchers Nos. 21, 37, 48 197 50 

Paid for rent of offices of the Grand Lodge, for the year ending 
July 31st, as per vouchers Nos. 12, 25, 40,52, 900 00 

Paid for sundry stationery and ruling, as per vouchers Nos. 18, 
33,47, 50, 56, 153 63 

Paid for incidental expenses of Grand Secretary's office, as per 

vouchers Nos. 8, 15, 22, 26, 35, 36, 39, 43,51, 57, 458 88 3,713 62 

For account of Extra Expenditures : 

Paid chairmen of Committees on Correspondence for 1867 and 
1868, as per vouchers Nos. 2,3.... 300 00 

Paid for portraits of Past Grand Masters and framing same, as 

per vouchers Nos. 6, 30, 38, 45, 49, 495 00 

Paid for testimonial to Past Grand Master Gilbert B. Claiborne, 
as per voucher No. 5, 585 00 

Paid for Sheriff's fees and for searching title to property in Sac- 
ramento, as per vouchers Nos. 19, 27, 138 90 

Amounts carried forward, $1,518 90 $8,970 14 

22 Proceedings of the [Oct. 12, 

Amounts brought forward, $1,518 90 $8,970 14 

Paid appropriation to janitor, etc., as per vouchers Nos. 16, 29, 30 00 

Paid for parchment and for lithographing diplomas, as per 
vouchers Nos. 28, 44, 153 65 

Paid appropriations by Grand Lodge to Boards of Relief of San 
Francisco and Sacramento, as per vouchers Nos. 31, 32, 1,700 00 

Paid for printing and binding 3,000 copies of the Constitution, 
and for binding 300 copies of Vol. VIII, of the Grand Lodge 

proceedings, as per vouchers Nos. 34, 46 505 50 3,903 05 

For account of the Library : 

Paid for subscriptions to periodicals and binding proceedings of 

Grand Lodges, as per vouchers Nos. 1,7, 21 50 21 50 

For account of the Representative Fund : 

Paid to Representatives of Lodges for traveling expenses to and 
from the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in 1868, as 
per pay roll, 4,599 50 

Paid to appointed Grand Officers and chairmen of Standing 
Committees, for traveling expenses at same Communication, as 
per payroll 235 00 4,834 50 

Being a total of disbursements to July 31, 1869, of $17,734 19 


Gen. Fund. Rep. Fund. 

Balance in the treasury, August 1, 1868, $ 802 32 $4,263 50 

Receipts during the year ending July 31, 1869, 18,038 03 1,998 50 

$18,900 35 $6,262 00 
Disbursements during the year ending July 31, 1869, 12,899 69 4,834 50 

Showing balances to the credit of the two funds, $6,000 66 $1,427 50 

And a total balance in the treasury, Aug. 1, 1869, $7,428 16 

The vouchers for all the foregoing payments, numbered from 1 to 57, together 
with the Grand Treasurer's books, are herewith presented. 
Ail which is respectfully submitted. 

JAMES LAIDLEY, Grand Treasurer. 

Which report, with the accompanying books and vouchers, was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Finances. 

Bro. William H. Hill offered the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the Address of the Grand Orator be made the special order of the 
day for next Thursday afternoon, at three o'clock. 

Which resolution was adopted. 

Bro. William H. Hill offered the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the Finance Committee be directed to report to this Grand Lodge 
some plan for a just and equitable distribution of the surplus funds now in the treas- 
ury, belonging to the Masonic Hall Fund, among the several Boards of Relief now in 
existence within this jurisdiction ; or for the permanent investment of the whole or a 
part thereof, as they may deem for the best interests of the Grand Lodge. 

Which resolution was adopted. 


Grand Lodge of California* 


The Grand Secretary, on behalf of the officers of the Masonic Board of 
Relief of the City of San Francisco, presented the following report of the 
transactions of that body during the past year : — 

To the M.'. W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

The undersigned beg leave to present the following abstract from the quarterly 
reports of the Masonic Board of Relief of San Francisco to its constituent Lodges, 
made during the twelve months ending on the thirtieth September, 1869. 

Since the first Saturday of January, 1869, the lodges have been represented by 
their respective Masters, as follows : — 

California, No. 1, by B. H. Freeman, 

Progress, No 


by I. N. Choynski, 

Parfaite Union," 17, " Pierre Bonis, 

Hermann, " 


" Chas. E. Hansen, 

Occidental, " 22, " A. D. Carpenter, 



" Edward W. Tifft 

Golden Gate, "30, " Jas. Patterson, 

Crockett, " 


" C. Hildebrandt, 

Mount Moriah, " 44, " J. W.Shaeffer, 

■ Oriental, " 


" Alfred C. Waitt, 

Fidelity, "120, " E.Emanuel, 

Excelsior, " 


" James Anderson, 

Mission, No. 169, by John S. Scott. 
At the first meeting in January, the following officers were elected for the year, 
viz : Bro. Benjamin H. Freeman, as President ; Bro. John S. Scott, as Treasurer ; 
and Bro. A. A. Hobe, as Secertary. The Board holds its meetings every Saturday 

. The receipts of the Board from the first of October, 1868, to the thirtieth of Sep- 
tember, 1869, have been as follows : — 

California, No. 

Parjaite Union 


Golden Gate,.. . 
Mount Moriah,. 

From Assessments upon the Lodges : 

1, $594 20 

17, 190 20 

22, 443 40 

30, 250 60 

44, 377 70 

120, 220 20 

Amount carried forward, $2,076 30 

Amount brought forward $2,076 30 

Progress No. 125, 202 50 

Pacific, . . . 
Crockett,.. . 
Oriental, . . 
Excelsior, . 
Mission,.. . 

127, 167 60 

136, 231 30 

139, 75 10 

144, 154 50 

166, 143 60 

169, 274 10 

Total of receipts from assessments, $3,325 00 

Appropriation made by the Grand Lodge in 1868, 1,200 00 

Proceeds of concert given for the benefit of the fund, 2,164 45 

Donation by California Council, No. 2, Royal and Select Masters, 200 00 

Donation by James Laidley, Grand Treasurer, 200 00 

Donations by sundry other brethren, 60 70 

Refunded by Lodges of this State, for aid given their members, 114 50 

Refunded by Lodges of other States, for aid given their members, 276 70 

Refunded by brethren, for aid received by them, 212 50 

Interest received on sums invested , 86 15 

Being a total from all sources of $7,840 00 

To which add balance on hand September 30, 1868, 718 26 

Making a total to the credit of the fund, of $8,558 26 

The disbursements during the past year have been as follows :— 

For the relief of sick or needy brethren $3,020 90 

For the relief of the wives, widows, or children of brethren, 2,764 30 

Amount carried forward, $3,785 20 


Proceedings of the 

[Oct. 12, 

Amount brought forward, >o ." 

For the funeral expenses of deceased brethren, 251 

Being a total disbursed for charities, of $6,444 70 

To which add for incidental expenses of the Board, stationery, salary of the 

Secretary, contributions to California Labor Exchange, etc., 434 55 

Making the total expenditures for the year, 86,479 25 

And leaving a balance on hand of $2,079 01 

The above sum of $6,044 70 was distributed as follows : — 

To 2 cases from Alabama, $ 12 00 

" Arkansas, 22 50 

" California, 2069 75 

" Canada 63 45 

" Connecticut, . . 51 00 


Dist. Columbia, 65 00 

England, 210 50 

Florida, 100 00 

France, 95 50 

Germany, 112 00 

Idaho, 127 00 

Illinois 110 00 

Indiana, Ill 00 

Iowa, 50 00 

Ireland, 427 25 

Kentucky, 29 50 

Louisiana, 90 00 

Maine, 5 00 

Amount brought forward, 
To 4 cases from Montana,. 
3 " " Maryland, 



New Jersey, . . 

New York, 

North Carolina, 



Pennsylvania, . 



South Carolina, 



=3751 45 

135 50 

180 00 

150 00 

5 00 

107 50 

76 r.O 

703 35 

93 50 

125 00 

20 50 

8 00 

85 00 

07 50 

26 50 

165 40 

235 00 

109 50 

Amount carried forward, $3751 45 

Being a total for one hundred and nine cases of relief, of , 

.$6044 70 


Balance in the treasury September 30, 1868, $718 26 

Received from assessments upon Lodges of this city, 3,325 00 

Received from donations, repayments, benefit, etc., 4,515 00 


Expenditures for the twelve months, 6*479 25 

Leaving a balance in the treasury September 30, 1869, of 

Of the foregoing sum of $6,044 70, disbursed for the relief of the sick and dis- 
tressed, there was expended — 

For Masons of the jurisdiction of California, $1120 00 

" Masons of other jurisdictions, 2100 40 

" widows and orphans of Masons of California, 

" widows and orphans of Masons of other jurisdictions, 1814 55 

Being a total of ^<»M 70 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Adolhhus A. Hobe, Secretary. 

Which report was ordered to be printed with the proceedings. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 25 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 1\ o'clock this evening, for 
the purpose of witnessing an exemplification of the w r ork in the first de- 
gree in Masonry. 

gn dwttd gtftffje. 

Evening Session, 
Tuesday, October 12th, A. L. 5869, 


The Grand Lodge was called on at 7 J o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

The work and lectures of the first degree in Masonry were exemplified 
by the Grand Lecturer and his assistants, by conferring the degree of En- 
tered Apprentice upon a candidate who had been duly elected to receive 
it by Occidental Lodge, No. 22. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until to-morrow morning, at 10 

4 + • » » 

|n (taid §Mgt 

Morning Session, j 

Wednesday, October 13th, A. L. 5869. j 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 10 o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the minutes of the sessions of 
yesterday were read and approved. 

Bro. Isaac S. Titus, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the 
following additional officers of chartered Lodges, and Past Masters by ser- 
vice within this jurisdiction, as being present and entitled to seats, viz : 

( E 
California, No. 1. . -j p 

J ,„ „ ( Emmon T. Starr, Master and Past Master ; 

Santa Clara, No. 34. . i n „ TT „ . ,„ , 

( Parker B. Holmes, Senior Harden. 

Union, No. 58 Richard Dale, Past Master and Representative. 

Morning Star, No. 68 Henry C. Shaw, Master and Past Master. 

Corinthian, No. 69 Norman B. Rideout, Past Master. 

Base's Bar, No. 89 William Carpenter, Junior Warden. 

Manzanita, No. 102 John B. Hunter, Past Master. 

Alamo, No. 122 Jerry C. Sturgeon, Senior Warden. 

Excelsior, No. 166 Henry L. Cohen, Junior Warden. 

Edmund Lane, Senior Warden ; 
George T. Grimes, Past Master. 


Antioch, . .- No. 175 .. . 

Marin, No. 191. . 

Proceedings of the 

[Oct. 13, 

.We T. Cruixshaxk, Master and Past Master. 
William N. Anderson, Master and Past Master ; 
William Holden, Senior Warden and Past Master. 

Which report was concurred in, and the brethren therein named were 
admitted to seats. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following regu- 
lar committees, viz : — 

On Finances : 
Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler, 
" George J. Hobe, 
" John R. Buckbee, 
11 Abisha Swain, 
11 Robert H. Blossom. 

On Charters : 
Bro. John W. Harville, 
" William H. Culver, 
" Robert Aitken, 
" David Schindler, 
" Benjamin W. Barnes. 

On By-Laws : 
Bro. Elias Jacob, 
'■ Milton B. Bransford, 
'• John Pashburg, 
u Daniel Boody, 
" John Daly. 

He also named the following brethren to fill the vacancies existing in 
the standing committees, viz : — 

On Jurisprudence : 
Bro. John S. Ward, 
" Thomas H. Caswell, 
" Edmund T. Wiikins. 

On Grievances : 
Bro. Charles L. Wiggin, 
" James Barclay, 
" Cyrus C. Cummings. 

He also announced the appointment of the following special com- 
mittee — 

( Bro. Amasa W. Bishop, 
To Audit Accounts of Representatives of Lodges :. . J .< Joseph B. Cooke, 

' " Thomas H. Rowan. 

Bro. William H. Hill, from the Committee on Correspondence, pre- 
sented the following report, the reading of which was dispensed with, the 
members being furnished with printed copies thereof: — 

To the M.\ W.-. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your Committee on Correspondence respectfully report that they have received 
from the Grand Secretary r s office the proceedings of forty -two Grand Lodges, 

several of them for more than one year, 
committee : — 

Alabama, for Dec. . . , .1868. 

Arkansas " Nov.,. .1868. 

British Columbia, " May, . . .1869. 

Canada, to July,. . .1868. 

Chile, So. America,.. . " June,. . .1868. 

Connecticut, for May, . . . 1869. 

Delaware, " June,.. .1868. 

District of Columbia,, to Dec.,. . .1868. 

The following is the list as received by the 

Iowa, for June, 

Kansas,. . . 


: Oct.,. 

Louisiana, " Feb.,. 

Maine, " May, 

Florida, for Jan., . . 

Georgia, " Oct.,. 

Idaho, "June,. 

Illinois, " Oct.,. 

Indiana, " May, . 



Maryland, " " 

11 " Nov., 

" u May, 

Massachusetts, to Dec.,. 

Michigan, for Jan., 

Minnesota, " " 

Mississippi, " " 

. 1867. 


. 1869. 
. 1868 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 27 

Mississippi, for Jan.,. . .1869. Rhode Island. . . to May,. . .1868. 

Missouri, " Oct.,. .1868. ' '\ " " " ...1869. 

Nevada " Sept, ..1868. South Carolina, for Nov 1868. 

New Brunswick " " ...1868. Tennessee, " Oct.,. . .1868. 

New Hampshire, to June,. ..1868. Texas " June, . .1868. 

New Jersey, for Jan.,. . .1869. " " " ..1869. 

New York, " June, ...1868. Vermont, " Jan.,. . .1867. 

<< " " ...1869. " " June,. .1868. 

North Carolina, " Dec 1868. Virginia, " Dec.,. . .1868. 

Ohio " Oct.,. . .1868. Washington,. " Sept.,. .1868. 

Oregon, " June,. ..1868. West Viuginia,. " Nov.,.. 1868- 

Pennsylvania, to Dec.,. ..1868. Wisconsin,. " June,... 1868. 

4s these proceedings contain some seven or eight thousand pages of printed 
matter, it woold be a surprising fact if your committee had succeeded in doing jus- 
tice to all, or had called attention to all that was or would have been of general 
interest. We only claim that we have done as well as we could. Our time has not 
at all times been at our disposal, and this report has been prepared at odd intervals, 
amid pressing avocations, which almost compelled us to throw up our appointment 
and ask the Grand Master to name some more fortunate individual. But, such as it 
is, we now submit our report to the brethren of the Grand Lodge. Differing from 
many of our cotemporaries, we do not think it the business of the Committee on Cor- 
respondence to usurp the functions of either Grand Master or Committee on Masonic 
Jurisprudence. We have therefore purposely done but little in the discussion of 
questions of Masonic law, and have carefully avoided setting ourselves up as the 
" Sir Oracle" of the Order. Whenever an opinion has been expressed, the reader 
will understand it as an individual utterance merely, and not an ex-cathedra decis- 
ion of the particular question. Our aim has been to cull, from the many reports 
submitted to us, items touching the welfare and proceedings of the several jurisdic- 
tions, which were of interest to us, and, as we hoped, would also be to the members 
of the Order in California. With this preliminary explanation, we submit our work 
for the inspection of the Craft. 


The forty-eighth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Alabama was 
held at Montgomery, commencing December 7, 1868. The M.\ W.\ George D. Nor- 
ris presided as Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Daniel Sayre was Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were /present from two hundred of the two hundred and fifty-four 
working Lodges in this jurisdiction. 

The Grand Master's address covers fifteen pages of the pamphlet of proceedings. 
It is a well-written, able, thoroughly Masonic document, mainly taken up, as we think 
all such addresses should be, with matters of local interest to the Fraternity in the 
jurisdiction ; and we present a few of the pearls which we find in its beginning : — 

In this world, where everything is transient and unsettled, we look with peculiar 
anxiety for something that is permanent ; we like to create objects which can survive 
the fleeting life of man; objects which, handed down from generation to generation, 
are revived in each succeeding race, and amid the mortality of the world, catch an 
immortality from the zeal and devotion of man. Such objects as these are the per- 
petual vehicles of thought; they impose upon both the same mystic bonds, and 
weave the distant portions of the human race together in one great family. 

By the force of this fraternal connection, the antipathies of hostile nations are 
overcome; patriotism breaks over the bounds of clime and language, and enlarges 
until it embraces the world. 

Loaded with the charms of antiquity, interesting by a thousand associations of his- 
tory, heroism, and romance, the order yet possesses all the health and life of novelty, 
all the liberality and benevolence of reform. It exists in the body and bosom of the 
people; it catches their sentiments, is modified by their thoughts, and changes with 
their manners. It partakes of their improvement, and adapts itself to all the various 
changes of man. Within its shadow the rich and the poor meet on terms of equality; 

28 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

the one forgets his wealth and his pride, and the other forgets his poverty and his sor- 
row. Their sympathies, ever otherwise asunder, are here mingled together, and they 
go forth into the world again, conscious that opposition in rank cannot with them 
create hostility of feeling. They lose the artificial distinctions of society, and 
assume tin' pure, original and kindly intercourse of fellow men. The great man finds 
familiar friendship in walks of society where his name would otherwise never have 
been uttered, but with awe; and the obscure poor man finds himself exciting interest 
and acquiring importance among those whose looks hitherto have been bent upon him 
with coldness and condescension. There they learn how frail is solitary unassociated 
man : how much he requires attention and support ; how often the favor and caprices 
of fortune may change his circumstances and his hopes ; how long the blessings of 
life may linger around the footsteps of the aged, and how soon the cup of pleasure 
may be dashed from the lips of the young. 

Proper and feeling mention is made of the deaths, during the year, of Past Grand 
Master Chakles A. Fuller, and Past Deputy Grand Master James L. Price. He also 
calls attention to the helpless condition, physically and pecuniarily, of a very aged 
Past Grand Master, James Pekn, of Huntsville, and we are pleased to note that the 
Grand Lodge voted the suffering veteran five hundred dollars out of its funds. 

The Grand Master urgently recommends the establishment of an "Orphan's Home,"' 
and calls attention to the successful working of a like institution in Mississippi. The 
Grand Lodge, on a favorable report from a committee, referred this subject to a spe- 
cial committee of three, to consider it more fully, and report to the next Grand Lodge. 
He also recommended the establishment of a " Masonic Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
pany," but the Grand Lodge almost unanimously non-concurred in the recommenda- 

Among the many recommendations made in this address was one that the Grand 
Master should appoint the Deputy Grand Master, that being, we are told, " his an- 
cient prerogative." The Grand Lodge hesitated about compliance, and the matter 
went over for another term. We feel quite sure that such a novelty would very much 
disturb' the peace and harmony of the brotherhood in this jurisdiction. 

The Grand Master furnishes a synopsis of the thirty-seven decisions or rulings on 
Masonic law and practice made by him during the year. Such of these as were en- 
dorsed by the Grand Lodge we will give at the close of this notice. In reading over 
this mass of decisions, we came to the conclusion that the Fraternity in Alabama 
were a very inquisitive set of brethren, and that the Grand Master must have been 
possessed of half of the patience of Job, at least, for he tells us that he had written 
over five hundred official letters, and made decisions upon nearly three hundred 
queries. That office should certainly be a salaried one. 

He had granted dispensations for the establishment of nine new Lodges. 
From the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurers reports we learn that the receipts 
of the Grand Lodge for the year were $5,606 25, and the expenditures $5,213 75. 
On the fourth day of the communication several representatives from other Grand 
» Lodges were formally introduced, and welcomed by the Grand Master. One of the 
brothers responded on behalf of all. The addresses are published in the proceed- 
ings, and from that of the representative from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana we clip 
the following extract, which tells its own story, and needs no comment : 

Allow me, in conclusion, a word personal to myself. I was not present at your last 
Annual Communication, because, like many of our fellow-citizens, I thought it best 
to hunt out some country where I could more readily repair, to some extent, the loss 
of my property, which was dissipated by the war. I went, and while searching for a 
new location, in the midst of the crowded mart I felt a sense of loneliness, and I asked 
myself the question : Are you ready to abandon your life-long friends, and the home 
of your childhood to come here? The ready response was: Xo, I will go back: 
(and I trust every good man will come back ;) I will remain where I am. 1 felt when 
I returned home, as I feel here, standing in your midst to-day, that these are my 
brethren; that this is my country; endeared by numberless recollections of the past, 
and by the hopes of the future. It is hallowed in my affection as the last resting 
place of my kindred, and I can truly say — 

1 ' I love its very dusts and sands, 
More than the jewels of other lands." 

1869.] f Grand Jfrodge of California. 29 

Let us, my brethren, with true Masonic troth, patiently submit to all the evils inci- 
dent to our situation, which we cannot legally and properly avert. Let us go to work 
and build up our waste places, and prosperity, much sooner than many suppose, will 
crown our efforts. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is, as usual, from the able pen of 
Bro. Wm. C. Penick. He reviews the proceedings of forty-two Grand Lodges, our 
own, for 1867, among the number. 

The address of Grand Master Claiborne is commended, and liberal extracts made 
therefrom. On the case reported, where a Californian was hurried through the de- 
grees, in an Eastern Lodge, so fast that he could not make himself known in Califor- 
nia as a Mason, and was therefore excluded, Bro. Penick has this pithy comment: 
11 Served him right— came into the world before his time^-half made up— wrong end 
foremost! " Favorable notice also is made of the report of our immediate predeces- 
sor, Bro. Lawrence C. Owen. 

Under the head of Illinois, Bro. Penick has these truthful words as to the effect 
which such miserable works as that of Rebold would have on the Fraternity, if 
widely circulated and used as a text or reference book. We trust that all Grand 
Lodges and brethren will set their faces like flint against all such trash : 

He uses the opportunity to make an onslaught upon the teaching which we, as 
Masons, hold most dear in connection with the Lodge, the Holy Writings, and the 
Divine Being we are taught to worship The tendency of the book, in our opinion, 
is to justify atheism and overthrow all respect for religion as taught by Hebrew or 
Christian — to wholly sap the foundation of all Masonic virtue by destroying a belief 
in the divine sanctions upon which it is built. If Masonry had no other foundation 
than this book would allow, the jewels may as well be cast among the rubbish, and 
the Lodges closed in contusion and despair. 

The number of Masons belonging to this jurisdiction, as reported, is 10,423. The 
work during the year was as follows : initiated, 696 ; passed, 616; raised, 619 ; affil- 
iated, 601. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Synopsis of Decisions by the Grand Master, as approved by the Grand Lodge : 

1. That petitioners for initiation be required to state in their petitions, whether or 
not they have ever made application to any other Lodge, and if so, what other Lodge, 
and that Subordinate Lodges be required strictly to observe the rule. 

2. A Lodge may refuse admission to a visiting brother ; but a single member can- 
not prevent his admission, unless the Lodge considers his objection a good one. 

3. The examination of a candidate for another degree ought to be to the extent 
necessary to show that he understands the ceremonial part of the degree already 
taken, and prepare hioi to understand the next higher degree, and to comprehend 
and appreciate the unfolding beauties and expanding lessons of Masonry; but not 
necessarily to the extent of qualifying him to confer the degree on which he is ex- 

4. Lodges under Dispensation have the right to grant dimits, and such dimits ought 
to be respected by Lodges in any other jurisdiction. 

5. When, on appeal to the Grand Lodge, tlie proceedings of a Subordinate Lodge 
suspending or expelling a brother are held for nought 'and void, his membership in 
the particular Lodge is not disturbed, and restoration is not necessary. 

6. The Grand Master has no right to grant a dispensation to till a vacancy in the 
office of Master whilst either the Senior Warden's or Junior,, Warden's station is filled 
by a duly elected and installed officer; but he has the power to issue a dispensation 
to fill a vacancy in the office of Senior Warden, and the Junior Warden is ineligible. 

7. A vacancy in either of the first three offices of the Lodge can be created only 
by death, removal from the jurisdiction, or expulsion ; neither can they resign. 

8. A Mason cannot voluntarily renounce Masonry, and it would be improper to 
grant a dimit when it is known that a member desires it for that purpose. 

9. Masonic Co-operative Life Insurance Companies a' e business corporations, and 
as such are to the Grand Lodge foreign corporations ; and the Grand Lodge will not 
participate in or promote any enterprise essentially private and personal, and they 
are not entitled to recognition. 

10. When a member of a Subordinate Lodge is convicted on charges of unmasonic 
conduct, and the Lodge votes a punishment totally inadequate to the offence, the 
Grand Lodge will reverse the decision so far as to send the case back to the Lodge, 
with instructions to inflict such punishment as the gravity of the case demands ; or 
the Grand Lodge will, itself, increase the penalty to the necessary extent. 

30 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 


We have the proceedings of the thirtieth Annual Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of Arkansas, held in Little Rock, November 16, 17, and 18, 1868. The M.\ \V.\ 
Elbert H. English was Grand Master, and the R.'.W.'. William D. Blocher, Grand 
Secretary. Representatives were present from ninety-eight of the two hundred and 
two chartered Lodges in the State. 

The Address of Grand Master English occupies fourteen of the well-printed 
pages before us. Like its predecessors from the same pen, it is able and interesting, 
but rather queer in some of its parts, according to our old fashioned ideas of rhetoric. 
E. g. : We have first a quotation from Job, xii, 7, 8 ; very good authority, of course, and 
we do not find fault with this. Then we have a story or fable about " Solomon, the 
raven, and the worm." Next some speculations as to the manner old Methuselah and 
father Abraham spent their long evenings without books to read ; and then a very fav- 
orable notice of the sagacity of the goose — all of which we found, after glancing over 
some four pages devoted to such lucubrations, was intended as merely introductory to 
some remarks upon the Bee Hive, and the proper way to treat Dkones, Masonically 
and otherwise ! All good, Bro. English, but we could not but think of the com- 
ments of Prince Hal upon the remarkable tavern bill of Jack FalstafT. The quantity 
of sack seemed disproportionate to the oread ! But we find so much that is good in 
this address, we will say no more of the few blemishes. 

He had granted dispensations for the opening of seventeen new Lodges during 
the } 7 ear, which fact seems to indicate a healthy growth of our Order in that border 

Of the many decisions rendered upon the various questions submitted to him 
during the year, the Grand Master publishes but four, with the reasons therefor, all 
which appear to us to be good Masonic law and common sense. The decisions 
themselves will be found at the close of this notice, but we cannot forego the pleas- 
ure of copying and highly commending the manner and matter of one. Would all 
Grand Masters treat such questions with equal fairness and plainness, more of the 
disturbing elements in some quarters of our land would disappear : — 

Question. — A Master Mason voted- for the adoption of the Constitution at the 
late election : is it a violation of Masonry or not? 

Answer.— No. The good brother who propounded this question, indicated in his 
letter that some of the members of his Lodge, regarding the Constitution as proscrip- 
tive and unjust to a class of citizens of the State, among whom were Masons, were 
reluctant to fellowship with the brother who voted for it, on the ground that he had 
been heedless of his relations to his brothers of the class proscribed, etc. 

No matter what may be the character of the Constitution, its adoptiou or non- 
adoption was strictly a political question, with which the Lodges or Mas§ ns, as such, 
had nothing to do. We tell the candidate for our mysteries, on the threshold of his 
admission, and at every step of his advancement, that Masonry does not interfere 
with his political or religious opinions, etc. ; yet it is hard to educate human nature 
up to this standard— difficult to school the human heart to divest itself of all out- 
ward prejudices, even when beating near the sacred altar where the vows of frater- 
nity were assumed. 

Masonry owes its unity, its strength, and its perpetuity to its non-interference 
with political and religious controversies. Had Masons, as such, participated in the 
political and religious disputes which have separated men into parties and sects — 
led to bloodshed and persecution— and brought into the Lodges the prejudices, big- 
otry, and intolerance engendered by partizan strife, Masonry would have I ailed to 
accomplish her great mission of charity, been disintegrated, and wrecked in ages 
gone. Happily for frail and fallen humanity, Masonry .in her mission of mercy to man, 
has erected an altar, around which she assembles her children of all political opin- 
ions and religious creeds, and binds them together, as a harmonious brotherhood, by 
a cord that is not easily broken. Moreover, out of the Lodge, no matter how widely 
my brother may differ from me on political opinions or religious subjects, if he be 
hungry and I fail to feed him ; naked, and I fail to clothe him ; roofless, and I fail to 
shelter him ; sick, and I fail to minister to his wants ; in peril or danger, and I fail 
to go to his relief, I am no true Mason. 

The mystic Temple of Masonry, with its foundations laid deep, broad, and of un- 
wasting materials, has withstood the shocks and storms of all political, religious, and 

1869] Grand Lodge of California. 31 

social revolutions, without the shattering of a column; and to-day it stands as com- 
plete, beautiful, and grand as on the day when its cope-stone was laid, far back, and 
near the birth of time ! 

There is a wonderful affinity and power of cohesion among the " Sons of Light," 
which defy all disintegrating causes ; and if, occasionaly, one flies off, he but expires, 
like a spark which leaps from its glowing source, without diminishing its fervor. 
If all the electricity which is contained in the ponderous clouds that hover about 
the great planet Jupiter were concentrated and hurled at our little globe in a 
mighty thunderbolt, so as to crush and shiver it into its primeval atoms, it is, per- 
haps, philosophically true, that on the passing of the shock the particles would 
instantly reunite, and form again the compact earth. So Masonry has withstood and 
survived, and will withstand and survive, the shocks of all disintegrating forces. 
Fear not, therefore, my brethren, that the unity of Masonry is endangered, because 
here and there individual Masons have been estranged by the exciting and trying 
political commotions through which we have been passing. These commotions will 
pass away like the waves of the sea, when the storm has spent its fury, and Masonry, 
like a strong ship, with timbers unshaken, will continue on her voyage to the remote 
shore of time ! 

Due notice is taken of the death of a Past Grand Warden. The condition of St. 
John's College (a Masonic institution) is also brought before the Grand Lodge, and 
a more liberal support urgently recommended. We may here also remark that in 
the proceedings we find an able, well- written address on the subject of education 
from Prof. Gray, of that College, a worthy brother of our Order. 

Complaint is made that the desired uniformity of work has not yet been attained. 
The Grand Master closes with some well conceived remarks on the duties of Masons 
towards the civil government, which, if followed out by the Fraternity and others, 
would leave but little cause or excuse for martial law in any part of our wide-spread 

In a subsequent part of the proceedings we note the appointment of a commit- 
tee charged with the duty of procuring a Past Grand Master's #Fewel for Bro. Eng- 
lish — a compliment which was his just due, for we know of no one who has conferred 
more honor upon himself and the Fraternity, by his official acts, than this worthy 
Grand Master of Arkansas. 

A resolution was adopted censuring in strong language " the use of Masonic em- 
blems upon public signs, or other advertisements, as a means of inducing custom or 
patronage to mere business enterprises." 

The following resolution was also adopted, and it is to be hoped that it will thin 
out the ranks of the non-affiliates, those disturbers of the peace of our Grand Mas- 
ters and Lodges generally : — 

Resolved, That hereafter no fee shall be charged for affiliation of a Mason who 
applies for affiliation within six months from the date this resolution shall be known 
and promulgated in subordinate Lodges, or from the date of their becoming residents 
within the jurisdiction of any subordinate Lodge. But, in case the applicant shall 
reside within the jurisdiction of a subordinate Lodge for a longer period, without 
offering his petition, he shall then pay an initiation fee of the usual amount. 

The receipts for the year were $4,588, and the expenditures $4,596 69, showing a 
slight balance on the wrong side. 

The Report of the Committeee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. C. B. 
Moore, and fills seventy-seven pages of the pamphlet before us. The brother fairly 
and fully reviews the proceedings of thirty-five Grand Lodges, our own for 1867 
among the number. 

He speaks briefly of the Address of Grand Master Claiborne, and quotes liberally 
and approvingly therefrom. Of Bro. Owen's report, he says : " It is not so long as 
to become tedious, nor too short to be uninteresting." Bro. Buckbee also receives 
honorable mention for his excellent address in that year. 

Our brother, in his comments upon the views of the Grand Master of Connecticut, 
dissents strongly from his decision that re-elected officers of a Lodge need not be re- 
installed. We fully concur in this dissent. 

As given in an appendix, we find the number of chartered Lodges to be one hun- 

32 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

clred and ninety-six; under dispensation, twenty-four ; with a membership of seven 
thousand six hundred and seventy-six. There had been six hundred and seventy- 
seven initiated during the year ; five hundred and forty-one passed, and four hundred 
and eighty-one raised. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Decisions by the Grand Master and Grand Lodge : 

1. A Lodge surrendered its charter rather than comply with a resolution of the 
Grand Lodge, that each Lodge should procure a seal. The act censured. 

2. It is no violation of Masonry for a Mason to exercise his privilege of voting, no 
matter for what or whom his vote may be cast. 

3. Where a member of a chartered Lodge signs a petition for a dispensation for a 
new Lodge, and the dispensation is granted by the Grand Master, his membership in 
the chartered Lodge is thereby suspended — placed in abeyance — heii quasi dimitted. 
When the Grand Lodge grants a charter to the new Lodge, his dimission thereby be- 
comes complete and absolute, and his membership is transferred to the new Lodge ; 
but if the Grand Lodge refuse a charter, and withdraw the dispensation, then his 
membership in the chartered Lodge is revived ; and his dues, which ceased to run on 
the granting of the dispensation, commence again on its withdrawal. 

4. In trials before Lodges, it is not proper for any to speak except the presentor 
and accused, or the counsel. The vote should be taken without comment. This mat- 
ter is regulated by special laws in Arkansas. 

5. A. B., a Master Mason, committed such crimes as would have caused his ex- 
pulsion, but was killed for the offence. The Lodge refuses to give his widow a certi- 
ficate of good standing. What relation do the widow and orphans sustain to _the 
Fraternity ? We answer that we are of the opinion that the widow and orphans are 
those of a Master Mason, and therefore entitled to all the benefits and charities of 
the Order. 

G. An Entered Apprentice was made in the absence of Brother C. D. At the next 
regular communication the brother Entered Apprentice appeared for advancement. 
Brother C. D. objected in open Lodge, stating that a difficulty was existing between 
him and the applicant, and that until it was settled he objected to his advancement. 
The Worshipful Master sustained the objection, and refused to permit the ballot. 
Did he do right? We answer that the brother had a right to stop him, and the Wor- 
shipful Master should have appointed a committee to investigate the matter at issue, 
settle it if possible, and report to the Lodge. 


The second Annual Communication of the Provincial Grand Lodge of British Co- 
lumbia was held in the city of Victoria, May 1, 1869,— the Jf.\ W.\ J. W. Powell 
being Provincial Grand Master, and the TV. W.'. H. F. Hei>terma>\ Provincial Grand 
Clerk. There are" but four subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of one hundred and forty-three Master Masons. All these Lodges were repre- 

The pamphlet of proceedings before us contains bat thirty pages. The Grand 
Master's Address occupies seven of them, and is mainly taken up with matters of 
local interest. He complains, however, that the jurisdiction of Vancouver Lodge 
had been encroached upon by a sister Lodge in Washington Territory. A rejected 
applicant in the former had been immediately and knowingly received into the lat- 
ter. Upon the attention of the District Deputy Grand Master being called thereto, 
he took the strange ground that the Lodge complained of had " an undoubted right" 
to do as it did; a conclusion deemed by Grand Master Powell as "deplorable." 
We should add, that it is clearly wrong, not to say nonsensical. The Grand Master 
of Washington would do well to haul that particular District Deputy over the coals. 

It appears that there are two Provincial Grand Lodges in British Columbia, one 
holding its power from England and the other from Scotland. As there are but 
eight Lodges belonging to both, some of the Victoria brethren propose the 
common-sense idea, of consolidating the two into an " Independent Grand Lo*'_ 
The Grand Master has forwarded their proposition to his superior Grand Lodge, 
with a favorable suggestion from himself. 

The receipts of the year were $817, and the expenditures $673 43. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 33 

In the Appendix, we find what seems to be the outline of a Constitution, which 
contains some provisions that look queer to'our unsophisticated Yankee vision. E. g.: 
every officer of the Grand Lodge has to " pony up " for the privilege of occupying 
his exalted position. The Grand Master is assessed $15, the Deputy $10, and all 
others except the Tyler $5 each. That is for the office itself. Then comes a second 
assessment annually for " General Purposes/' which is $15 for the Grand Master, $10 
for the Deputy ; $7 50 each for the Wardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Clerk, Chaplain, 
Director of Ceremonies ; $5 each for Deacon, Sword Bearer, Architect, Bible Bearer, 
and $2 50 or each member of the Grand Lodge. How would such a system work in 
California, especially in connection with another provision, that every Grand Officer 
and member not attending the sessions of the Grand Lodge, shall be fined, the 
amounts varying from $10 for the Grand Master down to $1 for Past Grand Officers 
and members ? Our brethren at the North have certainly hit upon a " Yankee no- 
tion," if not the Philosopher's Stone ! 


The proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Communication, and of two Especial 
Communications of the Grand Lodge of Canada, come to us in a neatly printed 
pamphlet of over two hundred pages. The first " Especial " Communication, as our 
Canadian brethren will style it, was held in Port Dalhousie, June 24, 1868, under the 
direction of the '£L.\ IF.' James Seymour, District Deputy Grand Master, and was called 
to lay, by request, the corner stone of " St. John's Church," Port Dalhousie, Ontario. 
The services were of a deeply interesting nature, the Rector and other dignitaries of 
the Church taking their full part in the august ceremonies. The address of the Act- 
ing Grand Master was so excellent that we have found it difficult to restrain our de- 
sire to copy it for the perusal of our readers and brethren. The second Especial Com- 
munication was held at Dundee Centre, Province of Quebec, July 1, 1868, and was 
called to lay the corner stone of the " Old Presbyterian Church," in that place. The 
R.-.W.'. A. A. Stevenson, Deputy Grand Master, presided, and all passed off well, and 
in true Masonic style. 

The thirteenth Annual Communication was held in London, Ontario, July 8, 9, and 
10, 1868 — the M.\ W.\ William Mercer Wilson presiding as Grand Master, and the 
R.\ W. m . Thomas B. Harris being Grand Secretary. Representatives were present 
from one hundred and sixty-three chartered Lodges, and ten under dispensation. 
The Vs. W. m . Bro. Blackstone Baker, a Past Grand Officer of the " United Grand 
Lodge of England," was introduced, welcomed with the Grand Honors, and, on 
motion, had the rank of Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Canada 
conferred upon him. 

The Address of the Grand Master is of the right length, and, as usual, is an able 
document. Feeling notice is made of death's doings in their ranks during the past 
year. Notice, in the most indignant terms, is also taken of the assassination of 
D'Arcy McGee, and the attempt, in Australia, to assassinate the second son of Queen 
Victoria. It is not stated whether either of these distinguished personages were or 
were not Masons — the inference being to the contrary — but then, like some of the 
" spread eagle " productions of our own United States Grand Masters, we suppose 
such allusions are pardonable, if not justifiable, on the score of loyalty. 

He had granted dispensations to open twelve new Lodges during the year. In 
. relation to the election of Masters of Lodges, the Grand Master gives this pertinent 
and judicious advice, which will apply to other Lodges than those in the " Dominion 
of Canada :" 

In connection with these matters, there is one evil existing to which I trace many 
of the difficulties which are now of so frequent occurrence ; I allude to the want of 
a proper care, and to the neglect of Masonic law and principle, too often evinced by 
the members of the Craft in the selection of those who are to govern our subordinate 
Lodges. Brethren are too often selected as rulers, merely because their social quali- 


34 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

ties may be of a high order, and often, also, from their general popularity, without 
duly considering their ability to work the Lodge, their administrative capacity to gov- 
ern it, or their possession of those still higher qualities which are so essential to the 
successful carrying on of the great work of Masonry. In selecting yonr Masters, let 
me entreat you, my brethren, always first to consider your duty to Masonry and to 
your Lodge. This important duty can never properly be performed, if you place in 
the Chair one who has to rely upon others for doing that which he is incapable of per- 
forming himself. 

Full reports were made from the District Deputies of the several districts. These 
occupy more than thirty pages of the proceedings, but being almost wholly taken 
up with matters of local interest, we make no extracts. One of the District Depu- 
ties, however, gives tardy Masters and officers a hearty rap over the knuckles for 
always being behind time in opening their Lodges. We know of some in this juris- 
diction who deserve as sound a castigation. The plea that it is always eight until it 
is nine belongs to a pettifogger's Court, and not to a Masonic Lodge. A lazy, behind- 
hand Master will always have shiftless, good-for-nothing workers about him. 

^The receipts during the year were $12,537 88. The expenditures are reported at 
only $2,617 34 ; the balance was invested. 

The work was exemplified during the session, but only theoretically, as we gather 
from the notice in the proceedings. 

The Report from the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. Thos. 
White, Jr., and is a well written document of over sixty pages. The proceedings of 
thirty-six Grand Lodges are reviewed, that of California among the number. He 
speaks highly of and quotes from the address of Grand Master Claiborne. Of the 
report by our predecessor, Bro. Owen, we have this remark, that it "is charac- 
terized by a very great deal of practical good sense." 

There are one hundred and ninety-five working Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a 
membership of eight thousand and twenty-two. Of the work reported during the 
year, there were initiated, one thousand two hundred and forty -three ; passed, one 
thousand one hundred and thirty-eight; raised, one thousand and forty two. 

The M.-.W.'. A. A. Stephenson was elected Grand Master, and the Ji.-.W.\ Thos. 
B. Harris was reelected Grand Secretary. 


We have received from the Grand Secretary's office a pamphlet of eighteen 
page's, the title page of which is " Gran Lodge de Chile, Memoria Anual, 1868," 
printed in Valparaiso. As most unfortunately our education in the Spanish language 
was sadly neglected in our younger days, we cannot impart to our readers in this 
jurisdiction any of the rich viands that are doubtless contained in this brief 
pamphlet. As near as we can guess, the Grand Lodge held its annual communica- 
tion in Yalparaiso on the 1st of June, 1868, under the auspices of " Gran Maestro de 
la Orden, Juan de Dios Arlegui," and Jose Maldonado as Grand Secretary. 

Representatives were accredited to the Grand Lodges of North Carolina, of Nova 
Scotia, of Louisiana, and the Grand Orients of New Granada and Cuba. 

From the appendix we gather that there are four Lodges under the jurisdiction of 
this Grand Lodge, viz: two in Valparaiso, "Union^Fraternal, No. 1," with 60 mem- 
bers, and " Progreso, No. 4," with 68 members ; one, " Orden y Libertad, No. 3,"' at 
Copiapo, with 43 members, and one, "Justicia y Libertad, No. 5," at Santiago, with 
65 members. The Grand Master and Grand Secretary reside in Valparaiso. 

There is, therefore, a goodly number of the Fraternity living and at work in this 
Jesuit-ridden State of Chile, who are not afraid of Papal or priestly anathemas. We 
wish these liberty-loving brethren success, and hope they may live to see the day 
when Masonry shall be as popular and extensive in Chile, as it is in our free, Protest- 
ant California. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 35 


Our brethren of this well-known parallelogram State send us greeting, with the 
proceedings of the eighty-first Annual Communication of their Grand Lodge, held in 
New Haven, May 12, &c, 1869. The M.\ W.\ William Storer presided as Grand 
Master, and the B.\ W.\ Joseph K. Wheeler was Grand Secretary. Representa- 
tives were present from eighty-six chartered Lodges, and four under dispensation. 
As Bro. Wheeler forgot to mail a duplicate copy of proceedings, our notice of the 
pamphlet before us will necessarily be more brief than we should otherwise have 
made it. 

The Address of the Grand Master is one of the ablest and best written that has 
come under our notice, and although it is somewhat long, occupying fifteen pages of 
small type, we found no reason to complain of its length. Our scissors fairly ached 
to clip the opening page, for it is a gem. Dispensations had been granted to open 
four new Lodges. 

The finances of the Grand Lodge were in a very unsatisfactory state, owing to 
the unmasonic conduct of the Grand Treasurer, who had embezzled the funds and 
proved to be a defaulter. The Grand Lodge expelled him from the Order for the 

The Grand Master commends to the favorable notice of the Craft the " Mason's 
Mutual Benefit Association" of Hartford, and hopes that every Freemason in the 
jurisdiction will secure the benefits of membership. 

In conclusion, the Grand Master announces that he will not be a candidate for re- 
election. He states the fact that for twenty-six years he had been a permanent 
member of the Grand Lodge, and had never been absent from a single Annual Com- 

The Grand Lecturer submitted a report from himself and his several Deputies, 
which showed that none of the number had been idle or lazy during the year. 

The Grand Lodge treated rather gingerly the communication from Louisiana 
(noted under that head) about the action of the " Grand Orient " of France, being 
unable, as the committee says, " from the papers in their hands, to obtain a com- 
plete history of the case." These resolutions, however, were adopted : — 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, no organization, except the 
Grand Lodge of Louisiana, has any authoriry or power to establish or control Blue 
Lodges in the State of Louisiana. 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge expresses the hope that the recognition of any 
organization except the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, as having any authority or power 
in or over Blue Lodges in the State of Louisiana, by the Grand Orient of France, 
will be speedily reversed. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence, as usual, is from the pen of 
the worthy Grand Secretary. It is an able and interesting review of the proceed- 
ings of thirty-nine Grand Lodges, our own for 1868 being one. We copy this sen- 
tence from the opening paragraph, merely remarking, that they express our senti- 
ments exactly, about our own work : — 

Should any of our readers conclude that we have failed in our endeavors to con- 
dense, we have only to say to them, come and try it, and we will guarantee that 
before you get half through, you will begin to think you are making too much work 
for the printers." 

Our worthy brother gives California and Grand Master Davies a kind and quite 
flattering notice. We thank Bro. W. for the fraternal greeting which he extends to 
our first attempt to fill the chair of our illustrious predecessors of the Correspond- 
ence Committee, and we assure him that we will give full flow to our pen hereafter, 
especially when good old Connecticut— land of our birth and love— and her Masonic 
work come before us for notice and review. We " acknowledge the corn " about 
that decision of our California Grand Master, which escaped our notice at the time, 
but even that does not change our then expressed opinion. 

36 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

The San Francisco Board of Relief receives its due meed of praise, as also does 
Bro. Felton for his Oration. 

There are ninety-two Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 12.7S4. 

The M.\ W. Amos E. Cobb, of Norwich, was elected Grand Master, and the i?.\ 
W.\ Joseph K. Wheeler was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The sixty-second Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Delaware was 
held in the city of Wilmington, June 27, 1868,— the M.\ W.\ Daniel McClintock 
presiding as Grand Master, and the E.\ W.\ J. P. Allmoxd being Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from seventeen Lodges. 

The Grand Master's Address is brief, and mainly taken up with matters of local 
interest. He congratulates the Fraternity on the fact that " in all parts of the juris- 
diction, peace and harmony prevail, and that the Lodges were increasing in num- 
bers, in usefulness, and ability/' Three new Lodges had been constituted during the 

Upon the various applications made to him for dispensations to confer the degrees 
in less than the regular required time, the Grand Master has these very judicious 
words, which should also be allowed their just weight, outside of " Little Dela- 
ware " : — 

I have become thoroughly convinced that case3 of emergency, sufficient to war- 
rant the use of this, one of the prerogatives of the Grand Master's office, in our ju- 
risdiction, rarely, if ever, occnr. I have become so thoroughly convinced of this 
fact that I have granted — None. 

Permit me, however, to advance a few arguments in favor of this policy. My ex- 
perience and observation, and an examination of the minutes of some of the old 
Lodges, have convinced me that " Dispensation Masons," if you will permit the term, 
seldom, if ever, are of much use to their Mother Lodge. They are generally drones 
in the hive, tendering nothing to her support, and sent out to sister jurisdictions to 
show how little they know, and to be unmercifully fleeced by " Masonic Swindlers 
and Impostors." Is it not strange that a man who has liv%d, probably for thirty, 
forty or more years, almost within sound of the Gavel, should all at once, when 
about to change his residence, or from some other cause, become so thoroughly im- 
pressed with the beauty and utility of our beloved Order ? Whether Masonry will 
be of use or benefit to such a one or not. is a matter to which we. as Masons, should 
be most supremely indifferent. While I know that such is, by right, a prerogative 
of the office, I trust future Grand Masters will, in the main, discountenance it. 

He recommends the levying of a tax on all the members of subordinate Lodges 
for the support of the Grand Lodge ; its only resource theretofore having been 
from initiations. He also urges prompt and definite action on the subject of uniform- 
ity of work. The receipts during the year were $406 32, and the expenditures $370 60. 

After electing the M.\ W.\ E. J. HoaxER as Grand Master, the Br. W.: J. P. 
Allmond as Grand Secretary, and other officers of the Grand Lodge, an adjourn- 
ment was had until the 23d of July, when, at a Special Communication, the Grand 
Officers were installed into office. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was submitted by the Grand 
Secretary, and reviews the proceedings of thirty-eight Grand Lodges, our own for 
1867 among the number. 

We have also in the Appendix the oration by the Rev. Bro. J. C. McGabe, "which 
is an eloquent and appropriate address. We can not forego the pleasure of quoting 
the closing paragraph:— 

Go, find the orphans of deceased brethren, and bid the bright sunshine of joy fall 
pleasantly upon their pathway once more. Go, minister to human affliction from 
whatever spot its wail may rise. Go forth on the high and holy errand of mercy for 
which ye are banded together, and the two-fold blessing — upon him that giveth, and 
him that receiveth — shall descend like the soft showers that fall upon the thirsty 
earth, and cause the " few flowers of Eden we still inherit, to rejoice and blossom as 
the rose." Be true to your Masonic principles, duties, and obligations, and fear not ! 
Malevolence may assail — ignorance may misinterpret— cynicism may sneer— bigotry 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 37 

may persecute — the order may everywhere be spoken against ; but for you there is 
11 a bliss beyond all that the minstrel has told ; " a charm that the poet's song and 
the orator's period have never awakened. The widow's benison, the orphan's 
prayer, the poor man's blessing, shall come up around your pathway like music on 
the gentle breeze of midnight ; and the tears of gratitude that shall flow feelingly 
and fast from the eyes of those who have partaken of your bounties, and been 
blessed by your beneficence, shall sparkle as diamonds in the crown of your rejoic- 
ing. To those who have this day honored our Craft by their presence, we would 
say, believe us to be the friends of humanity ; we have wronged none ; our order 
requires nothing of her sons contrary to the duty they owe themselves, their neigh- 
bor, their country, or their God. Nor does Masonry, as an institution, recognize any 
man as worthy, whose life is not pure and peaceable. As a human organization, 
which she is, she is not perfect, but she is not bad. Like any other association of 
men, however guarded — for she can not see the heart — like the Church itself, she has 
been shamefully imposed upon ; and the blow which should have stricken the worth- 
less from her rolls, has too often fallen upon her venerable brow, and her tears and 
her blood have been mingled together over recreant sons and reckless foes. She has 
been banned for crimes she never dreamed of ; she has been beaten for sins not her 
own ; she has been charged with corruptions she would have scorned, and, tell me, 
if she had not been sustained by a power above man's, could she have breasted the 
storm, and out-lived the tempest, and out-rode the gale ? The lightnings of a fiery 
persecution have blazed along her pathway, yet she has built her Lodges on the 
mountains and in the valleys, and has smiled to hear the far-off thunders breaking in 
impotent clamors, and d} r ing into nothingness. What better evidence could we give 
you that she is all we have said of her, than when you call for her jewels, she points 
you to the bright display: Washington, Warren, Franklin, Marshall, La Fayette, 
Andrew Jackson, and others whose names " fame will not willingly let die "? And 
when we add to these the noble and the brave and the good of other lands, cham- 
pions of freedom, who have poured out their hearts' best blood, a rich baptism upon 
soils consecrated to liberty, and who, like their own flashing swords, have been 
11 well tried, true and trusty," — when we have seen ministers of the holy cross wear- 
ing her badges, and marked the bright array of poets and philosophers and states- 
men who have united to form the brilliant wreath that binds her brow, around which 
wrath and sunshine have alternately played, — we ask if she is not all her friends 
claim her to be ? We ask if she is to be denounced because individual Masons have 
wrought evil ? We ask if she should not be fostered, whose great end and aim have 
been to check the tide of human sorrow and suffering ? And we ask, have we not 
shown her to be " a moral edifice, dedicated to humanity, which, while a series of 
ages has tested the principles of her designs, lias ensured her perpetuity." 
There are seventeen Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 922. 
Decisions during the year. 

' . No applicant for initiation in any Lodge shall be balloted for if he has been 
rejected by a Lodge in this or any other jurisdiction, unless the consent of the Lodge 
which has rejected him be first obtained, and inquiries shall always be made as to 

2. A majority of a committee reported favorably on a certain application. The 
minority expressed an unfavorable opinion, but did not commit it to writing, and 
was absent from the Lodge when the candidate was balloted for, elected and initia- 
ted, the Lodge at the time being ignorant of the objections of the member in ques- 
tion. Held thar, the proceedings were valid and the candidate duly elected, &c. 

3. The Grand Lodge forbids the introduction or invitation of brethren from other 
jurisdictions to exemplify the work without permission of the Grand Master. 


We have before us the proceedings of the fifty-eighth Annual Communication of 
the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, held Nov. 3, 1868, the Jf.\ W.\ Benj. B. 
French presiding as Grand Master, and the E.-.W.'. Noble D. Larner being Grand 
Secretary. In the handsomely-printed pamphlet containing these proceedings, we 
have also those of several Special Communications, called to lay corner-stones; and as 
at each there seems to have been refreshments, though not un-masonic, we presume, 
our brethren of that somewhat unique jurisdiction must have had a good time of it 
generally during the year. 

We have also the proceedings of the Semi-Annual Communication, held at Wash- 
ington, May 5, 1868, of which we make a brief note. The ominous words " No 
duplicate," marked on the copy sent us by the Grand Secretary, forbid any extended 

38 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

extracts, some of which we should otherwise have been glad to make. Why is it, 
that some Grand Secretaries are so neglectful in this matter of duplicates ? Are 
they stingy, or merely forgetful? The result is often disagreeable, be the reason 
what it may. 

At this Semi-Annual Communication the same Grand Officers were present, with 
representatives from sixteen Lodges, being all in the jurisdiction. A short address 
was delivered by Grand Master French, from which we are happy to learn that 
peace and harmony not only prevail within the jurisdiction, but that the few differ- 
ences which had grown up between this and some other Grand Lodges, had been 
amicably settled. He congratulates the Fraternity that the measures for the con- 
templated new Masonic Temple were then about completed, and its erection would 
probably take place during the year. The corner-stone thereof was laid with ap- 
propriate and interesting ceremonies on the 20th of May. 

Upon the favorable report of a committee to that effect, a " Diamond Ring " was 
presented "to the lady who had kindly translated all the Foreign Correspondence 
of the Grand Lodge during the past year." Gallant Grand Lodge ! Worthy and ap- 
preciative Masons! We move that Bro. Abell be a committee of one, to hunt up 
some such lady, "good and true," in this jurisdiction, for a like purpose.* 

At the Annual Communication every Lodge was represented. Grand Master 
French delivered a very short address, the most important item of which was the 
announcement of his determination to retire from the exalted position he had held 
so long and creditably. He had visited every Lodge officially, and found them all in 
" excellent condition, in the performance, apparently, of every Masonic duty, and in 
a state of prosperity and usefulness that could hardly be excelled." 

Appropriate resolutions were passed commemorative of Bro. Wm. M. Ellis, a 
deceased Past Grand Master. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was submitted by Bro. M. C. 
Baxter. He apologizes for its imperfect condition on account of want of time to 
read and review the reports before him. The receipt of our proceedings is acknowl- 
edged, but no further notice is taken thereof. 

The amount of charities disbursed by the several Lodges was $4,172 19; the 
largest sum, $833 65, being by Lafayette Lodge, No. 19. The receipts of the Grand 
Lodge during the year were $3,522 22, and the expenditures $2,856 57. There are 
two thousand three hundred and eighty Master Masons in the jurisdiction. 

The M.\ W.'. R. B. Donaldson was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ N. 
D. Larner was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Florida was held in Tallahas- 
see, January 13, 1868, the M.\ W;. Henry J. Stewart being Grand Master, and the 
B.-. W.\ Hctgh A. Corley, Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from 
thirty-eight chartered Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well-written and interesting paper, breath- 
ing throughout the true spirit of Freemasonry and brotherly love. Though living in 
a State which suffered fearfully from the ravages of the late civil war, it is very clear 
that no feelings of hatred rankle in our worthy brother's heart. Were all, Masons 
and others, North and South, imbued with the spirit of this, one of the opening "par- 
agraphs of Grand Master Stewart's Address, the occupation of the political dis- 
turbers of our national peace would be gone : — 

The condition of our once happy country is deplorable indeed. We have passed 
through a severe and trying ordeal. But the din of musketry is no longer heard in 
the tented field ; the clash of arms has ceased ; and although there may still be strife 

* Bro. Abell has no objection to hunt up a lady, but he would not need her for a trans- 
lator, and would prefer to be the giver of the ring himself. — Gr. Sec. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 39 

in the political arena, yet our Northern brethren have reached forth their hands for 
fraternal fellowship, saying, " Peace be unto yon ! " Not doubting, as Thomas did 
the Saviour, we eagerly grasped those hands thus extended, and bid them welcome 
into our holy temples and around our sacred altars. Thus has the wound been 
healed, the widow's heart made to rejoice, and the orphan's tear wiped away. How 
pleasing, then, and delightful the thought to him who can claim to belong to an Or- 
der fraught with so much influence, and so wonderful in its character." 

And then the brother gives in detail the warm-hearted welcome with which he 
was greeted by the Grand Lodge of New York, when on a visit thereto. So it would 
be everywhere ; and, as we were compelled to read the very unmasonic diatribes 
which Bros. Guilbert of Iowa and Barry of Georgia hurled at each other's heads, 
our wish was that each could be compelled to visit the jurisdiction of the other, and 
see what little foundation or cause there was for either a Northern or a Southern 
brother to give or return " railing for railing." 

Proper notice is taken of the deaths during the year of Past Grand Master Thom- 
as Browx, (one of the founders of the Grand Lodge) Past Deputy Grand Master 
Frederick C. Barrett, and Bro. J. W. Baker, an eminent jurist of the State. 

Here is also some excellent advice, which we commend to our brethren on the 
Pacific Slope :— 

We are taught in our Masonic infancy to live soberly, to be temperate, in short, 
to avoid intemperance. Are we living up to this teaching when we make so fre- 
quent use of the intoxicating bowl? Brethren, it is a dangerous, unmasonic vice. 
Let us beware, then, and "touch not, taste not, handle not " the unclean thing. 
Profane swearing is a vice. By reference to the Book, one of our Great Lights, we 
find that we are not to " take the name of the Lord in vain." Violating the Holy 
Sabbath is also a vice. In that same Book are we strictly enjoined to remember the 
Sabbath day to keep it holy. Gaming is an offense, not only against Masonry, but it 
is made a high crime by our Legislature. Statute after statute has been enacted to 
prevent and put down this detestable vice. These vices are in direct violation of 
the holy commands of the Almighty, forbidden by the laws of the State, and con- 
demned by the laws and edicts of Masonry. Then, brethren, may we not, can we 
not, once again make the effort to devise some plan by which these vices may be 
abolished among the members of our noble Fraternity? 

Dispensations had been granted for the establishment of four new Lodges. 

There is no Report on Correspondence. The number of Lodges in the jurisdic 
tion is forty-four, with a membership of seventeen hundred and eighty-three. 

The M.\ W.\ DeWitt C. Dawkins was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ 
Hugh A. Corley was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, for 1867, come to us in a portly, 
well-printed volume of four hundred pages, and those for 1868 in one of equal size. 
But as there has no duplicate copy of either been sent to the writer of this report, the 
notice of each must necessarily be brief. 

The Annual Communication for 18G7 was held in Macon, commencing October 
30— the Jf.\ W.\ John Harris presiding as Grand Master, and the B.'. W.'. 
Simri Rose being Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from one hundred 
and seventy-one subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well-written document, of very moderate 
length, containing however some excellent advice and suggestions to the Craft in 
that jurisdiction. He makes an appropriate and brotherly acknowledgment of the 
fraternal acts of the Grand Lodges of Ohio and Indiana, in returning to him certain 
Masonic property which had been carried away from Georgia by the soldiers during 
the late civil war, and also thanks the brethren of the North generally for their con- 
tributions to relieve the poverty and destitution prevailing among the Lodges of his 
own and other Southern jurisdictions. 

Here are a few of his closing words, which give excellent advice to Masons 
" wheresoever dispersed throughout the globe " :— 

40 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Recollect that it is not the business of Masons to engage in political strife. Ma- 
sonry can not have anything to do with a brother's political or religious opinions. 
Divest yourselves of all those feelings and prejudices which, if indulged, might in the 
least disturb the harmony of our deliberations. Leave, at least, such discordant el- 
ements without the door of the Lodge. Let not their breathing or utterances pol- 
lute our sacred Temple. Remember that we are engaged in a work of benevolence 
an 1 love, and are admonished to emulate each other in striving to see " who can 
best work and best agree." By thus acting and governing ourselves, we may with 
confidence rely on the smiles and approbation of Him whom we should ail most 
earnestly invoke to preside over us and direct our deliberations, that our labors may 
be crowned with success. 

A long report was received from the " Board of Trustees of the Southern Ma- 
sonic Female College," in which its good works in the past, and its present embar- 
rassments were fully set forth. For its relief the Grand Lodge donated $3000, and 
also requested each subordinate Lodge to " contribute the fees for initiating, passing 
and raising one candidate each year to the College, to be used in educating the 
daughters of indigent brethren, living and dead."' 

The Grand Lodge receipts during the year were $15,559 85, and the expenditures 
$15,250 19. The Grand Lodge has assets, in the form of stocks and bonds, to the 
the amount of $17,514 76. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. George 
L. Barry, and fills up sixty-four of the pages of this pamphlet. Of it, as a whole, 
we can only say that we are glad to learn, as we do from the closing paragraph, 
that it is the last of the kind that will emanate from that jurisdiction. Why the 
brethren permitted the perpetuation in print of such a mass of unmasonic vitupera- 
tion, is a marvel to us. We are quite sure that such a document would never see 
the light in California, and the sooner this one is buried in eternal oblivion, the bet- 
ter for the author, and the Grand Lodge that has given it a quasi endorsement. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

The Communication for 1868 was also held at Macon, beginning October 27 
the same Graud Officers being present, with representatives from two hundred and 
fourteen subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of Grand Master Harris is very brief. There are in this jurisdiction 
several Deputy Grand Masters, who, from their reports, seem to do most of the work, 
which here and elsewhere we expect and almost demand from the Grand Master. 

The receipts for the year were $15,770 69, and the expenditures $13,358 56. 

We find in the proceedings a queer report from the " Committee on Communica- 
tions," from which it appears that a communication had been received from Eureka 
Lodge, No. 11, in the city of Savannah, working under the 'Prince Hall Grand 
Lodge of the State of Massachusetts," asking for fraternal recognition, &c. Our 
readers need scarcely be told that there is a most palpable and undisguised African 
in this fence, said Lodge and Grand Lodge being a so-called " African Grand Lodge." 
The committee very quietly report that they can not acknowledge any but " A. Y. 
Masons," and as they only know the " Grand Lodge of Massachusetts " as such Ma- 
sons, they can hold intercourse with none who come from any other source in that 
jurisdiction. Without referring therefore in any manner to what they call the " vexed 
question of Negro Masonry," the committee quote a section of their Grand Lodge 
Constitution, which declares all convocations or assemblies other than those with 
whom they are in fraternal fellowship, to be " spurious and clandestine, and of no 
Masonic authority whatever." And so exit the committee from the "Prince Hall 
Grand Lodge," &c, &c. 

The Grand Lodge warmly endorsed the " Mason's Daughter Mutual Aid Society 
of Georgia," the object of which is to insure the lives of the " widows, wives and 
daughters of Master Masons in good standing." 

The Jf.\ W.\ Samuel Lawrence was elected Grand Master, and the B.\W.\ 
Simri Rose was reelected Grand Secretary. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 41 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. Samuel 
Lawrence, Grand Master elect. It is a well written document of eight} 7 pages. Its 
tone and spirit are excellent, and well worthy of this resolution which was adopted by 
the Grand Lodge :— 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge fully approve and recommend the chaste style 
and Masonic language used in said report, and that the thanks of this Grand Lodge 
are due and are hereby tendered to the chairman, Bro. Lawrence, for the acceptable 
manner in which this labor has been performed. 

The report, as we said, deserves this compliment; but what a quiet satire the 
resolution was upon the prior productions from the previons chairman! — Or was it 
intended to be an amende honorable to the Masonic world at large, for the exceed- 
ingly undignilied and vituperative- language of the report of 1867 ? 

We find no recapitulation of the statistics of the Lodges, and have not time to 
count the members as they appear in the proceedings. But as Bro. Lawrence in his 
report thinks there are many more Masons in Georgia than Bro. Drummond of Maine 
had given in his table, as 13,167, we put the sum total in ours of this year at 14,000. 

Decisions in 1867 and 1868. 

1. It is unmasonic for any brother to say what kind of a ballot he cast, or to ask 
the question, how any one balloted, for such a case destroys the secrecy of the 

2. A subordinate Lodge cannot exclude a brother without charges being pre- 
ferred and trial had. 

3. On the subject of maims, a strict adherence to the old Constitution is the only 
safe and certain rule, and should be insisted on. The candidate must be " hale and 
sound " — perfect in all his limbs, as a man should be. 

4. It is in the power of the Grand Lodge to resuscitate a Lodge whose charter 
has been forfeited. 

5. It is not in the power of a Grand Lodge to set aside the result of a ballot once 
declared. Having no right to do this itself, it cannot confer such right on a subordi- 
nate Lodge. 

6. It is out of the power of a Lodge to dissolve a Mason from all connection 
with the institution of Masonry. He may withdraw from active co- operation, but 
the connection voluntarily assumed cannot be dissolved save by death or expulsion, 
nor can this last release him from every part of his obligations. 


In our report last year we noticed the organization of a Grand Lodge of Free 
and Accepted Masons in Idaho, which took place in December, 1867, and this, our 
youngest Pacific sister, was cordially welcomed into full communion and fellowship 
by our Grand Lodge at its last Annual Communication. We have received, in a 
pamphlet of some fifty pages, a fuller account of the preliminary proceedings at the 
time the Grand Lodge was constituted ; and also those of the first Annual Communi- 
cation, which was held at Idaho City, June 22, 1868. Of these last only, shall we take 
note at present. 

The M.\ W.\ George H. Coe presided as Grand Master, and the B.\ W.'. Pow- 
hatan E. Edmondson was Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from all 
the Lodges in the jurisdiction, five in number. 

The Address of the Grand Master is very brief, occupying but a single page of 
the proceedings. We find no items in it of interest to the Fraternity in this jurisdic- 

A charter was granted to a new Lodge in Silver City, to be known as the " War 
Eagle." The Constitution was amended so as to fix upon October as the time for the 
Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, and the place wherever the Grand Lodge 
by vote should designate. A code for the trial of members was reported and adopted. 
The old manner of trial before the entire Lodge is adhered to. We think that a few 
years' experience will convince our Idaho brethren that our mode of trial by Com- 
missioners is by far the best for the preservation of peace and harmony among the 

42 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

The Committee on Correspondence presented no report, on account of the short 
time which had elapsed since the organization of the Grand Lodge. 

The number of Master Masons on the roll of the subordinate Lodges is two hund- 
red and twenty-five. It is the day of small things with our friends in Idaho* but so 
was it once with us of the Golden State. May their latter days greatly increase. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 


The proceedings of the twenty-eighth Annual Communication of this Empire 
Grand Lodge of the Empire State of the Mississippi Valley, come to us in a hand- 
somely-printed pamphlet of over two hundred and fifty pages. The sessions were in 
Springfield on the 6th and 7th of October, 1868,— the M.\ W.: Jerome R. Gorin pre! 
siding as Grand Master, and the JR.'. W.'. Harman G. Reynolds being Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from four hundred and thirty subordinate Lodges ; and 
we notice that upon one division, one thousand one hundred and twenty-six votes 
were actually cast. How such a Grand Lodge can get through with all its business 
in two days, as this one uniformly does, is a mystery to us on this Pacific coast. 
In California we spend just half of that time in our elections, and yet five hundred 
is about the maximum vote ever cast in our Grand Lodge. Our brethren in Illinois 
must be largely blessed with implicit faith in the fidelity and correctness of those en- 
trusted with the management of the affairs of the Grand Lodge, or else must 
possess a double portion of that spirit of brotherly love about which good King 
David sang, and of which our Entered Apprentices first learn. Which is it, good 
brethren? — or are you blessed with both? Why, it took that little knot of fifty odd 
vinegar -faced old women fanatics, who recently honored Chicago with their presence 
and diatribes against Masonry and all secret societies, more than ten days to get the 
bile off their stomachs, and then they were about as much jaundiced as ever. 

The Address of the Grand Master was very brief indeed. He simply tells the 
Fraternity about Illinois and what he had done, and leaves the rest of the world to 
take care of itself, or be regulated by the "Little Pedlington" editors, of whom, 
it is quite clear, Grand Master Gorin is not one. He had issued during the year 
thirty-six dispensations for the organization of new Lodges. The plan adopted for 
the year, as an experiment, of dividing the State into twelve districts, each to be 
under the supervision of a Deputy Grand Master, had, in the estimation of the Grand 
Master, proved a success, and he recommended its continuance as a permanent 
arrangement. The Grand Lodge concurred. 

The subject of the speedy erection of a Grand Lodge hall was urged by the Grand 
Master as one of great importance. He suggested that each subordinate Lodge sub- 
scribe or contribute stock to the amount of $300 on an average. This would produce 
$180,000. A committee of the Grand Lodge, to which this matter was referred, re- 
ported the following resolution : — 

Besolved, That every Lodge shall pay to the Grand Lodge the sum of one dollar 
for each initiation, each passing, and each raising in such Lodge, payable semi-annu- 
ally on the first day of January and July in each year, and twenty-five cents for each 
member, payable at same times as above, said payments to constitute a Grand Lodge 
Hall Fund. 

Amotion to amend was made, to change the Constitution to $3 for each initiation, 
and twenty-five cents for " each resident member returned ;" but this was negatived, 
the ayes being four hundred and ninety-three and the noes six hundred and thirty- 
three. The whole subject was then laid on the table until the next Annual Commu- 
nication, there also going over with it a proposition to amend the By-Laws, so that 
" ten per cent, of the gross receipts of each Lodge should be remitted to the Grand 
Secretary, to be set apart as a Grand Lodge Hall Fund." 

The Grand Master paid a glowing tribute to the worth, ability, and acceptable 
labors of Bro. H. G. Reynolds, who for eighteen years had been Grand Secretary 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 43 

and who had announced his intention of retiring from that office. The Grand Lodge 
and its subordinates had grown up under his supervision, and to him was owing, in a 
great measure, the remarkable prosperity of the Fraternity in that State. The 
brethren acceded to the request of Bro. Reynolds, in retiring from the duties of the 
Grand Secretary's office, but only by promoting him to the Grand Master's chair, or 
" Throne," as our worthy Canadian brethren are pleased to call it. 

Here is one little paragraph in the proceedings which we transcribe as a liter- 
ary Masonic curiosity : — 

Br. W.\ Bro. Clyde, from the Committee on arrangement of Esoteric and Exot- 
eric Work, reported that owing to inability to complete their labors, the committee 
requested further time in which to report ; which was granted. 

We speak for an early copy of that " Esoteric and Exoteric Work." Badinage 
aside, why cannot our brethren use plain Anglo-Saxon language ? When we wish to 
be befogged, we prefer to go directly to Carlyle or Emerson, and not take it 
second-handed in the proceedings of a Grand Lodge, 

Death had been busy among the Fraternity during the year. We find obituary 
notices of eight deceased brethren, all of whom had filled important positions in the 
Masonic Temple. 

The Committee on Grievances and Appeals reported upon four hundred and 
eleven cases, in a lump. One of these disclosed some exceedingly unmasonic pro- 
ceedings, which called out the merited condemnation of the committee and Grand 
Lodge. Tt appears that a certain Lodge, after having tried and punished a brother, 
"acted in a very unbecoming and unmasonic manner in giving publicity to the pro- 
ceedings of the Lodge, by passing a vote removing the secrecy of said trial, thereby 
making the subject of the trial common town gossip, much to the prejudice and 
injury of the party accused." The Grand Lodge very properly reversed their action 
and reinstated the brother. Served them right. We should think that some of the 
brethren of that Lodge would be qualified to sit in that Chicago conclave of spitfires. 
They certainly were about their equals in their knowledge and appreciation of 

The receipts for the year were $22,873 67, and the expenditures $20,806 01. 

These statistics will give a birds-eye view of the work and present condition of 
the Fraternity in Illinois. Total membership, Master Masons, 30,229 ; initiated dur- 
ing the year, 3,971 ; passed, 3,678 ; raised, 3,572. Net income, $2,152. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the able pen of Bro. 
Reynolds, Grand Secretary. He reviews the proceedings of thirty-nine American 
Grand Lodges, and six of those in foreign countries. Of those of California in 1867, 
he speaks in flattering terms. "Few things," he says, " come unfinished from the 
hands of the Fraternity in California." He commends the Address of Grand Master 
Claiborne, and characterizes the report of Bro. Owen as marked " with ability and 
candor." We asked a while back for the secret of the rapidity and ease with which 
the Illinois Grand Lodge performed its business. We think we catch a hint thereof 
in this extract from Grand Secretary Reynolds' report. Might we not introduce 
some such system advantageously in California :— 

In Illinois, the committees are all appointed for a long time beforehand, and each 
member is notified to appear for duty at a certain day — say four, three, two, or one — 
before the" 1 meeting of the Grand Lodge, or on the day the Grand Lodge meets, 
according to the apparent amount of work to be done. The Committees on Appeals 
and Grievances, Chartered Lodges, Lodges U. D., and Mileage and Per Diem, meet 
four days beforehand, and in the absence of bustle and confusion, with the ready 
and intelligent assistance of the Grand Master, Grand Secretary, and his Deputy, 
proceed steadily and surely with their work. The Committee on Appeals resembles 
a regular trial court, and every case is thoroughly examined. The Committee on 
Lodges U. D. have an enormous work ; but after settling principles and rules of pro- 
ceedings, the work is parceled out, and every item of business, usage, or work is 
thoroughly overhauled, and when ready to report the chairman takes Lodge by 
Lodge, and makes up a terse, clear, and pointed report and table of statistics. The 
work in Committee on Chartered Lodges is immense, but no point is neglected, and 

44 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

the entire mileage for every officer, committeeman, and Lodge is in readiness. So of 
all other committees. Everything that can be reported on is ready when the Grand 
Lodge meets. If all this work were to be carefully and safely done during the sit- 
tings of the Grand Lodge, it would take a session of four or five days. By the system 
now pursued, the revenue, which is less per member than in any other corresponding 
Grand Lodge, is sufficient to meet expenses, and mileage, and per diem, and leave a 
surplus, while at least one-half of the aggregate time is saved to the persons attend- 
ing upon Grand Lodge. 

The M.\ W.\ Harman G. Reynolds was elected Grand Master, and the Rr. W.'. 
Orlin H. Minor, Grand Secretary. 

Decisions during the year. 

1. No definite suspension shall be ordered for a longer time than twelve months, 
and a majority of two-thirds of all votes cast shall be necessary to fix the duration 
of the suspension. 

2. All Lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge are prohibited from 
acting upon or consenting to any petition for the formation of a new Lodge under 
dispensation, until the same shall have been presented at a regular meeting, and laid 
on the table for one month. 

3. All Lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge are hereby required to 
receive no petition for membership or the degrees, unless the petitioner shall have 
signed the same with his full name ; and all Lodges are hereby required to preserve 
in their records the full name of each person hereafter petitioning for membership or 
the degrees. 

4. No Lodge acting under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, shall hereafter 
receive any petition for membership by degrees, unless such petition sets forth that 
the applicant has (or has not) ever made application for admission to any other 


The proceedings of the fifty-first Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of 
Indiana, one of the young giants of the West, are before us, and have been perused 
with that interest which all should feel as they hear or read of the acts of a live 
institution. This Communication commenced on May 26, 1868, in the city of Indian- 
apolis, — the M.\ W.\ Harvey G. Hazelrigg presiding as Grand Master, and the 
R.\ W.\ William Hacker being Grand Secretary. The number of Lodges repre- 
sented is not stated, but there seems to have been a full attendance. 

In this jurisdiction, the Grand Master is expected to perform what we should call 
double work, i. e., to attend to the duties proper of his office, and also be the " Com- 
mittee on Correspondence." Hence the Grand Masters Address partakes of both 
characters, and is of great length, though, as with all its predecessors, well written, 
and marked throughout by the plain common-sense statements and arguments of this 
veteran Grand Master, which go far to excuse, if any apology be necessary, any lack 
of polish and rhetorical beauty in the composition itself. We always know what 
Bro. Hazelrigg means, and that is more than we can say of some of the productions 
which it has been our good or bad fortune to peruse. 

The Grand Master good-naturedly argues in favor of the Indiana practice of hav- 
ing no "Committee on Correspondence," but devolving that duty upon the Grand 
Master. He gives some of us — unlucky wights that we are — some pretty hard 
knocks, which we deserve, perhaps ! But about this we only reply, "De gustibus," 
&c. This may be easy and coveted work to Bro. H., but if his 'worthy^successor 
does not ask for relief, then we are bad guessers and false prophets. We can only 
say, having had a little experience of what a " Committee on Correspondence," or 
rather its chairman, is expected to do, that should our California Grand Lodge be so 
cruel as to demand such a " tale of bricks " from us, as the Grand Master ot Indiana 
courts and defends, we would make a speedy exit from such an Egypt and Pharaoh, 
in search of some promised land, where the taskmaster would leave us in compara- 
tive peace. 

The Grand Master had received the proceedings of thirty-six Grand Lodges, ours 
for 1867 being of the uumber. He takes notice of the fact that the San Francisco 
Board of Relief had expended $59 to relieve the wants of a brother from Indiana, 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 45 

and lie recommends that some action be had to reimburse the same, as also a like fa- 
vor done by a Lodge in Louisiana. The Grand Lodge concurred, and adopted this 
recommendation of one of its committees : — 

Your Committee would therefore recommend that the Grand Secretary be instruct- 
ed to correspond with the Secretaries of the Board of Relief, of California, and the 
Relief Lodge, of New Orleans, and ascertain to what subordinate Lodge in this ju- 
risdiction the parties relieved severally belonged, and that he then transmit to said 
subordinate Lodge the evidence by him thus obtained, with a recommendation to re- 
imburse the party furnishing the relief, provided said subordinate Lodge is satisfied 
that said relief was worthily bestowed. 

The Grand Master is very full in his discussion of the acts of the Grand Masters in 
other jurisdictions, and in the expression of his opinions on points of Masonic law and 
usage, raised thereby. To some of these we shall briefly allude, without taking much 
part in the discussion. For, as stated in our report last year, our aim is not so 
much the ostentatious ventilation of our own wonderful Masonic wisdom or ignorance, 
as the case might be, as to give our brethren of this Grand Lodge a running sketch of 
what is being said and done by the Fraternity throughout the Union, and the world 
at large, so far as we can gather the same from the reports laid before the Committee. 
We doubt not but that these will be of more interest than would be our own owl-like 
lucubrations about "Ancient Landmarks ,? and- " things of that sort." If our breth- 
ren, in this, differ from us, our pen, spectacles, and patience are at once placed at the 
command of any brother who can, or thinks he can, do better. 

The Grand Master discusses at some length the claims of the Grand Master of Xew 
York, and of some others who agree with him, as to his right to " make Masons at 
sight." The negative of that position is ably argued. Some strong points are taken, 
and yet much appears to us to be special pleading. Very few principles, even, will 
bear to be carried out to all conceivable lengths, without involving absurdity. 

The Grand Master further maintains, that in all the proceedings of a Grand or 
subordinate Lodge, not referring to work, there should be an appeal from the Mas- 
ter's decision to the Lodge. He conjures up quite a spectre of what might happen, 
under certain supposed circumstances, about which we are disposed to use his own 
words on another point, viz : that " it is not a supposable case in a Masonic Lodge." 
Having, in our half century of life, been tolerably familiar with the action of deliber- 
ative bodies, where appeals are allowed on every point of difference, as also with 
Masonic Lodges, Grand and subordinate, where they are prohibited in all, we give the 
decided preference to the last. Less mischief will be done in the long run, and much 
better order and harmony preserved. We were much struck on the occasion of an 
installation of Grand Officers, at the remark made by the installing officer to the 
Grand Master elect, as he presented him with the gavel : " This," said he, " is an em- 
blem and implement of authority which no brother dare disregard, and which no 
Master or Grand Master dare abuse." 

He maintains that " Lodges under dispensation," as is the case in Indiana, should 
have " all 'the rights and powers of chartered Lodges, except that of electing and in- 
stalling the officers, holding public processions, and being represented in Grand 
Lodge." In this view we fully concur, and such is substantially the lav/ and practice 
in California. 

The old and almost time-worn questions, of '• the power of a Master or Warden to 
resign"— the " status of army-made Masons "—of the " side degrees," so called— and 
the physical qualifications of candidates, are all discussed in this address, but we have 
neither time nor disposition to follow the Grand Master in his wandering through such 
fields, rich and promising as they may appear to others. The " African " question is 
also gently touched, but in this the motto of the Grand Master is ours: "Sufficient 
unto the day is the evil thereof." 

Dispensations had been granted for opening twenty-two new Lodges during the 

Death, during the year, had taken away several of the Fraternity, well known for 

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their zeal, experience, and worth. The Grand Master makes appropriate reference 
thereto, and in conclusion avows his determination not to be reelected to the position 
he has so long and ably filled. 

The Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence reported, in answer to a petition coming 
from some, members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, that it was inexpedi- 
ent " to allow Lodges of that Order to meet in the same room with Lodges of the Ma- 
sonic Order." More nice than wise and courteous, in our humble estimation. 

The number of Master Masons in this jurisdiction is returned at 20,133, being an in- 
crease of 186S during the year. There had been 2,285 initiations. 

The Mr. W.\ Martin H. Rice was elected Grand Master, and the JR.". W.'. John M. 
Bramwell Grand Secretary. 

Abstract of Decisions. 

1. The Laws of Masonry do not restrict the widow of a deceased Brother from ap- 
plying for assistance, when in want, to any Lodge or individual Brother. Her claims 
upon all are equal, and we trust each will and do contribute in all such cases as their 
abilities warrant. 

2. There is no Law or Rule in Masonry that places the Treasury of one Lodge at 
the mercy or disposal of another; consequently, when a Lodge contributes to the re- 
lief of any one, it is her own voluntary act, and for which she can have no legal claim 
upon any other Lodge whatever. 

3. When a Brother is suspended for twelve months for non-payment of dues, and 
the time fixed has expired, he is in as perfect affiliation as before, and the back dues 
cannot be collected. 

We have also received the proceedings of the fifty-second Annual Communication, 
held at Indianapolis, commencing May 25, 1869 — the 2f.\ W.\ Martin H. Rice pre- 
siding as Grand Master, and the B.\ W.'. JohnM. Bramwell being Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from three hundred and sixty-four chartered Lodges and 
twenty-eight under dispensation. 

The Address of the Grand Master, combining as it does in this jurisdiction, the Re- 
port of the Committee on Correspondence, is very long, but is full of good advice to 
the brethren. Due notice is taken of the death of several prominent members of the 
Grand Lodge. 

In alluding to last year's Address of Grand Master Hazelrigg, who defended 
the Indiana custom of making the Grand Master also the Committee on Correspond- 
ence, we ventured the prediction that his successors might not be as well pleased 
with the arrangement and extra labor. Grand Master Rice is evidently of the same 
opinion, for, after stating that during the year he had received and answered " nearly 
eight hundred letters on Masonic subjects," being nearly three a day, Sundays includ- 
ed, he dismisses the consideration of the proceedings of thirty-seven Grand Lodges, 
our own for 1868 among the number, with this brief paragraph, which is both short 
and sweet: — 

These I have examined as carefully as the limited time at my disposal would per- 
mit; and, while I find much contained therein that would, no doubt, be interesting to 
you, still I have failed to discover anything requiring any action on the part of this 
Grand Lodge. It, however, affords me much pleasure to report to you, that an un- 
usal degree of prosperity is reported in the several Grand Jurisdictions. From all 
quarters come the glad tidings that harmony and brotherly love prevail ; that the 
avenues to Masonry are more closely guarded, that none but the truly worthy and 
well qualified may find admission into our midst; that throughout our land the stand- 
ard of excellence's higher : that an increased interest is felt in the work and lectures : 
that the principles and teachings of our beloved Order are becoming better under- 
stood ; and that there exists among Masons everywhere that noble contention, or, 
rather, emulation, as to who can best work and best agree. 

He had granted dispensations to open twenty-one new Lodges during the year. 

From the well written and even eloquent passages which mark the closing pages 
of this address, we clip the following as eminently suggestive :— 

The institution of Masonry is not a mere experiment, but a permanent growth of 
the ages. Its mission in the world may be assumed as a permanent mission ; and its 

1869.] Or and Lodge of California. 47 

objects as beyond the necessity of mere defense. The institution is now presented to 
the world with a growing confidence in the vitality and fruitmlness of its organic his- 
tory. It is better understood by Masons themselves, and is consequently presented 
with greater distinctness, and with less seeming antagonism, and exclusiveness, and 
zeal, without knowledge. Many who have looked with suspicion upon the Order, as 
claiming more than can possibly pertain to any human institution ; even the supplant- 
ing of the necessity of anything outside of the Order, either for morality, religion, or 
civilization, have found that Masonry as presented by her best, and ablest advocate, 
is the handmaid of all that is good, beautiful, and true, and not the exclusive owner of 
the sunlight, the love, or the redeeming merits of that God, who binds to himself in 
golden chains, the whole human family. 

The object of Masonry is not the same as the Church or the State. It has a pecu- 
liar mission of its own, and by the distinct presentation of that mission, so that all may 
see it, the less will be the suspicion in the world against the institution, and the more 
plainly will its peculiar merits be manifested, and unfolded in fruits of beauty, rich- 
ness, and delight. Masonry is not a religious or a political body. It is not exclusively 
or primarily a teacher of morality or politics, in the sense of practically applying the 
moral principles of any religion, or the practical principles of any civil government; 
but in common with all religions and all State authority, it starts with the fact of the 
brotherhood of the human race ; and believing that to think over problems that relate 
to action between man and man, without proceeding to act, is to become speedily 
paralyzed; it acts, and its action is a society. The mysteries of mutual, fraternal, 
action do not yield up their secrets of light, while we 

" Sit apart, holding no form of Society, 
But contemplating all." 
The formative principle of Masonry finds its illustration in that principle of science 
by which the most minute and apparently isolated facts resolve themselves into sys- 
tems ; these systems again are bound together in still wider systems ; complex laws, 
as we ascend higher in the scale of being, unfold their complex operations and as- 
sume simpler forms. And so we go from infinite diversity to a higher 'and higher 
unity, until we find all reduced to a unity of one universe, beneath the throne of one 

From this fundamental principle of science, springs the development of mind, in 
the activity of thought, and the various applications of the conclusions gained. 

In the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God, is the unity of one human 
family ; and this principle is the formative principle of Masonry. The realization of 
this sublime fact developes obligations, moral, religious, and political. But Masonry 
aims not at the presentment or enforcement of obligations abstractly considered, only 
at the inculcation of the family relationship, from which spring morality, religion, 
civil obedience, and progress. Other organizations and instrumentalities, Divine and 
human, have their legitimate place in the world's history, to which Masonry claims 
only to be the handmaid, and from which Masonry welcomes light and truth, and all 
elements that tend to the realization and perfection of the brotherhood that it is her 
peculiar mission to insist upon, and illustrate ; 

" For so the whole round earth, is every way 
Bound by golden chains, about the feet of God." 
The receipts for the year were $19,816 14, and the expenditures $20,749 43. 
The Grand Master had refused a special dispensation, for Lodges or Masons as such, 
to " participate in the approaching decoration of soldiers' graves," and the Grand 
Lodge concurred, as the contrary course would have been an open " violation of its own 
Rules and Regulations." 

" Hiram Lodge, No. 42," was pretty severely " hauled over the coals" for having 
initiated a maimed candidate (he having lost one foot,) because he was a worthy man 
and gallant officer during the recent war. The Grand Master arrested their charter 
therefor, and the Grand Lodge concurred, ordering the same to be annulled. 
On " Work and Lectures," we find the following : — 

Your Committee on Jurisprudence, to whom was referred so much of the M.\ W.\ 
G.\ Master's Address as relates to the uniformity of work in this State, would beg leave 
to report that they have had the same under careful consideration, and are of the 
opinion that this Grand Lodge has already adopted what is known as the " Webb 
Work," and that this is now the authorized work of this State, and they believe that 
this system is now being worked by a majority of the Lodges in the State ; but a dif- 
ference of opinion having arisen as to what is the true Webb Work and the authorized 
Work of the State, your committee, therefore, offer the following resolution, and recom- 
mend its adoption : 

Resolved, That the authorized work of this State is declared to be the " Webb 
Work," as taught by Thomas Smith Webb to John P. Barney in 1817. 

48 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Whereupon P.\ G.'. M.\ Hazelrigg moved to amend by striking out of the reso- 
lution the words and figures " as taught by Thomas Smith Webb to John P. Barney, 
in L817." 

This gave rise to quite a lively discussion, participated in by Brethren Hazelrigg, 
Fkavkl. -M anson and others, after which the amendment was agreed to, and as 
amended the report was concurred in, and the accompanying resolution adopted. 

There are three hundred and eighty-one chartered Lodges, and thirty-one U. D. in 
this jurisdiction, with a membership of 21,205, being an increase of 1,072 during the 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Abstract of Decisions. 

1. No Brother shall hereafter be eligible to the office of W. m . Master, unless he shall 
have been previously duly elected, installed, and served either as a Warden or W. m . 
Master of a legally constituted Lodge, or been appointed and served as such in a Lodge 
under dispensation. 

II. 1. That the rights and benefits of Masonry attach to all Master Masons in good 
standing, wherever they may travel or go, regardless of the country or clime from 
whence he came. 

2. That among these inalienable rights is that of the honor of Masonic funeral which 
he has the privilege of choosing while alive, or his next friend for him when he is dead. 

3. That this claim is not made upon a special Lodge, but upon Master Masons. 

4. That should he be destitute when taken sick or stricken down, all the expenses 
connected with his sickness and funeral should be borne by the Master Masons indi- 
vidually, or the Lodge having the jurisdiction in the premises, and that it is not in ac- 
cordance with Masonic law or precedent to ask the Lodge of his affiliation to pay the 

III. 1. Can charges be legally preferred against a Master Mason who is under sen- 
tence of indefinite suspension without first restoring him ? 

2. If so, can the said suspended Mason be present at the trial, or could he be tried 
only in open Lodge on the third degree ? 

3. Is a suspended Mason beyond the control of the Lodge in all particulars until he 
is fully restored to all the rights and privileges of Masonry '{ 

And for answer to question one say, that, in their opinion, no charges can be law- 
fully preferred against a M.\ M.\ while under the sentence of suspension. 

Jb'or answer to question two : A trial can not lawfully take place except in open 

For answer to question three : A suspended Mason can claim no protection from 
nor is he subject to the control of a Lodge. 

IV. 1. Has a subordinate Lodge (on any occasion) aright to congregate and open 
at any other than its legitimate place of business I 

2. Should funeral ceremonies be conducted with the Lodge open on the third de- 
gree, or should it be called on, for that purpose, before repairing to the street?" 

3. " Does the appointment and installation, by the Grand Lodge, of a brother, as 
Master or Warden of a newly chartered Lodge, constitute an eligibility to be elected 
Master at any subsequent time, or is it necessary that such brother should have been 
elected and installed Warden to render him so eligible ?" — submit for answer to the first 
question, that in their opinion a Lodge can be congregated and opened for public cere- 
mony at any place within its jurisdiction, upon call of the WbrsJoipful Master, or pre- 
siding Warden only in strictly emergent cases, for the burial of a deceased Master 
Mason, but everything necessary " to constitute a Lodge" must be present. 

For answer to the second question, your committee submit that the burial of the 
dead is Masonic work, and that Masonic work cannot be performed while a Lodge is at 
refreshment, and as " none but Master Masons are entitled to Masonic burial, and none 
but Master Masons can be permitted to assist at the burial service,*' (see Rule 123) 
consequently the Lodge should be opened on the third degree during such work. 

And your committee submit further that the third question has been fully answered 
by their report upon a similar question, which report was submitted and adopted in 
yesterday morning's session. 


The twenty-fifth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Iowa was held in 
Des Moines, commencing June 2, 1868, the M.\ W.\ Reuben Mickel presiding as Grand 
Master, and the B.\ W.\ Theodore S. Parvin being Grand Secretary. Repres 
tatives were present from one hundred and thirty-one chartered Lodges. The pamph- 
let containing these proceedings is graced by having for a frontispiece a beautiful en- 
graved likeness of Grand Master Mickel. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 49 

The opening address of the Grand Master is somewhat long, but a well written, 
common sense, and able document. The writer had no reason to apologize in advance 
for the " absence of the graces of Rhetoric." He evidently knows what he wants to 
Bay, and when to say it, in good Anglo-Saxon English, and that is as good rhetoric as 
is to be found in Quackenboss, Blair, or anywhere else. 

During the year he had granted dispensations for the formation of twenty-one new 
Lodges. In each case, he tells us, he had " endeavored to satisfy himself that the pro- 
posed Lodge was not only required for the accommodation and convenience of the pe- 
titioners, but that the good of Masonry would be promoted by granting their prayer." 

In one instance, at the earnest request of a Worshipful Master, the Grand Master 
had retired him from his office, appointed the Senior Warden Worshipful Master, and 
another brother Senior Warden in place of the one promoted. We should consider this 
as decidedly out of order in this jurisdiction, if not a plain violation of the " Ancient 

It is the old question of a Worshipful Master resigning or dimitting, under a new 
phase, the right of which we question. But if, from any cause, a vacanc}^ does occur, 
then the Senior Warden succeeds by right of his office, being Worshipful Master pro 
tern for the rest of the Masonic year. Where did the Grand Master find his authority 
for his action ? 

Several new halls had been dedicated during the year, and a number of corner 
stones laid. " Schools of Instruction" had been held in several localities, the result of 
which was favorable, though perfect unanimity in " work" had not been attained. He 
warmly commends to Masonic patronage " Tbe Evergreen," a monthly periodical, of 
which our eccentric brother, Past Grand Master Guilbert, is editor in chief. If the edi- 
torials have the spice and flavor of Bro. G.'s reports as Grand Master and Chairman 
of the Committee on Correspondence, we hope a copy will be sent us semi-occasion- 
all}''. It would help our digestion wonderfully, and drive off any fit of the blues that 
might threaten us. 

Appropriate notice is taken of the death of Bro. John Lockwood Corse, a Past 
Grand Junior Warden, and one of the founders of the Grand Lodge of Iowa — a zeal- 
ous Mason and a good man. 

These closing words of the Grand Master are so excellent and appropriate that we 
copy them for the benefit of our readers : — 

Let us remember that at the present time our every word and act are closely scru- 
tinized by most active, vigilant and earnest enemies of Masonry, anxious for even a 
straw on which to base their wicked, slanderous persecutions. Our best defense and 
protection against their attacks is to purity our order by purging our Lodges of the un- 
worthy, and carefully guarding the outer door, so that none but those whose daily lives 
are a guarantee of honor and uprightness can gain admission. The motives of each ap- 
plicant should be closely scrutinized, and his character and standing carefully investi- 
gated. It is not enough that no one knows any evil of him. He should possess positive 
and affirmative qualities of goodness and influence, such as tend to raise him in the 
scale of life. The external qualifications of " worldly wealth or honor" should never 
be considered for a moment, when the internal qualifications of mind and heart, of 
truth, honesty and uprightness before God and man, are wanting. The destiny of our 
institution rests entirely in the hands of the fraternity itself, and we have more to fear 
from our own errors within than from the attacks of those without. 

The receipts during the year were $11,170 07, and the expenses $5,G76 54. 

The Grand Secretary presented a " communication from the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of California* relative to relief afforded to Masons of Iowa." This was 
• referred to the Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence. Their report, which was adopted 
by the Grand Lodge, we give at length, without comment, except to say, that while 
the conclusion arrived at may be according to the letter of the law, it does not square 
with its spirit or with that of Masonic charity, as we have been taught our duty towards 

* The Grand Secretary of California simply enclosed to the Grand Secretary of Iowa, at his 
request, a statement of the amount of relief given by the Masonic Board of Relief of San Fran- 
cisco to Masons of Iowa, as furnished by the chairman of that Board.— A. G. A., Gr. Sec. 


50 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

14 the widows and orphans of Masons wheresoever dispersed throughout the world." 
But if our Iowa brethren can stand it we can. 

Your Committee on Jurisprudence, to whom was referred the letter from the Grand 
Secretary of California, in which is furnished specific information as to the names and 
reputed Masonic status of parties who claimed a residence in Iowa, and who were as- 
sisted by the San Francisco Board of Relief, beg leave to report : 

We find that the large sum of $1,159 25 was advanced to destitute Masons and 
widows, who stated themselves to be under our jurisdiction. An examination of the 
returns of Iowa Lodges made during the recess by Grand Secretary Parvin, reveals 
the fact that only the following named persons w r ere, at the time they were relieved, 
members of subordinates in this jurisdiction, to wit : James B. Sutherland, of Black 
Hawk Lodge, No. 85, who received the sum of $20, and David Simpson, of Des Moines 
Lodge, No. 1, who received $5. We find that Bros. Mulholland, of Joppa Lodge, No. 
136, L. D. Newman, of Oriental Lodge, No. 61, Alex. Predmore, of Prairie du Porte 
Lodge, No. 147, and John T. Best, of Waterloo Lodge, No. 105, together with a Mrs. 
Knight, claiming to represent Olive Branch Lodge, No. 21, and a Mrs. Rodney Hurl- 
burt, claiming to represent Bezer Lodge, No. 135, also received assistance ; Mrs. Hurl- 
burt having been paid the large sum of $988 25, between September 3,1864, and April 
7, 1866. Your committee do not believe that this Grand Lodge is bound to refund any 
moneys advanced to unaffiliated Masons, or to the widows and orphans of such breth- 
ren. These parties were afloat on the Masonic sea, and at the time they were re- 
lieved, were under the immediate jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge whose subordinate 
relief organization ministered to their wants. In our opinion, the obligations we are 
all under to the craft universal, are general, as well as special. These general obliga- 
tions bind us to relieve all Masons and their widows and orphans, who may apply to 
us, whether they are or are not recognized as being under the jurisdiction of a subor- 
dinate Lodge ; but they do not give us the right to demand of such Lodges as may 
have dimitted these Masons, and thus have dissolved the special relation existing be- 
tween them, that they refund the moneys thus beneficently bestowed. We therefore 
recommend that only the sum of twenty-five dollars be paid to the San Francisco 
Board of Relief, in part to cancel our obligations to that magnificent Charity for the 
courtesies extended to regularly affiliated members of subordinate Lodges in this ju- 
risdiction. We further recommend that in future' all questions of this character which 
may come before this Grand Lodge be referred to the recognized representatives of 
the Grand Lodges whose subordinate Boards of Relief have thus nobly responded to 
applications for aid which have been made by Masons from Iowa ; and that these rep- 
resentatives be requested to conduct the correspondence which may ensue. We be- 
lieve such to be a legitimate duty of these representatives, who ought, by the terms 
of their appointment, and in view of the theory of the representative system, which 
has been recognized by our Grand Lodge to be made useful instead of merely orna- 
mental appendages of the Grand Lodges by whose authority they have been made 
" ministers plenipotentiary " to our Grand Lodge. 

We further find in the last published proceedings of the Grand Lodges of California 
and Louisiana, that Masons hailing from Iowa were, during the Masonic year, relieved 
to the extent, in the first instance, of ten dollars, and in the last, in the sum of eight dol- 
lars. We recommend that Past Grand Master Hartsock, the Representative here from 

Louisiana, and , the Representative here from California, be and hereby 

are requested to correspond with our representatives near those Grand Lodges, with 
reference to the proper adjustment of these matters, and that Bros. Hartsock and 
, report the result of such correspondence to this Grand Lodge at its Com- 
munication in 1869. 

We further recommend, in order to expedite this business, that orders for the sums 
named, viz : ten dollars and eight dollars, be drawn in favor of Bros. Hartsock and 

, so that if they find the claim upon us to be legitimate, they may at once 

be prepared to settle it. [I cannot find that the Grand Lodge of California has ever 
commissioned a representative near this Grand Lodge. — Gr. Sec 'v.] 

As we opened the pamphlet containing the proceedings of this Grand Lodge, we 
turned with an almost greedy avidity to the page where we hoped to find the report of 
Past Grand Master Guilbert (the unapproachable,) on Foreign Correspondence, for 
what, said we, would be the most elaborate of plum-puddings, with his plums left out. 
Imagine the keenness of our disappointment, when, instead of the usual ' 4 let'er rip" 
style, we found this most lame and impotent conclusion: " Bro. Guilbert, from the Com- 
mittee on Foreign Correspondence, made a statement relative to the report of that Com- 
mittee, and read extracts therefrom, which was received, and the report (when com- 
pleted) ordered to be printed." Our first inclination was to pitch the whole pamphlet 
into our waste basket, for what could we make of the play of " Hamlet with Hamlet 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 51 

left out?" Send on that report, good brother, if you have any bowels of compassion 
for our poor soul. 

There are two-hundred and fourteen working Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a 
membership of 9,774 Master Masons. There had been initiated during the year 1,467 ; 
passed, 1,327, and raised 1,265. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 
Abstract of Decisions by the Grand Master, approved by the Grand Lodge. 

1. A brother cannot be a member of two Lodges at the same time. 

2. A brother cannot be an officer of a Lodge U. D. without a demit from a regular 

3. A suspended Mason cannot be recognized while under that sentence, and no 
Lodge lias a right to receive his petition or initiate him again. He must first be re- 
stored to all the rights and privileges of Masonry by the Lodge suspending him, or by 
the Grand Lodge of the State under whose jurisdiction the same was held, before he 
can be allowed to affiliate or be recognized Masonically. 

4. Desertion from the military service of the United States is not a Masonic crime, 
which should subject a brother guilty thereof to trial and discipline by his Lodge. 

5. A Lodge opened in the absence of the W.*. Mr. and both Wardens would be 
clandestineTand all work done therein would be illegal and void. 

(>. The jurisdiction of a Lodge cannot extend beyond the State line, especially if 
the adjoining State has a Grand Lodge of its own. 

7. Charges can be preferred in a subordinate Lodge against a former Wr. Mr., for 
offences committed while he was Wr. Mr. of said Lodge, and he be tried and disciplined 
therefor, provided the acts complained of were for gross unmasonic conduct, and not 
of an official character. 

8. The good standing of a Fr. C.\ applying for advancement, and being rejected, 
is not affected thereby; and he may renew his application at any subsequent stated 

9. It is not necessary for a Wr. Mr. of a Lodge U. D. to receive the so-called Fr. 
M.'.'s degree. 

10. The officers of a Lodge L T . T). need not be installed before acting. 

11. The fact that a man, otherwise fully qualified, is hair-lipped, and speaks his 
words with difficulty, does not disqualify him from being made a Mason, provided " his 
articulation is sufficiently distinct to make himself known as a Mason." 

12. After a candidate has been accepted and received the degrees of Fr. Ar. and 
Fr. C.'., a brother from another Lodge protesting against his further advancement, 
and refusing to give any reasons for his protest, held that the Lodge had a right to dis- 
regard that protest, and that it was the duty of a brother protesting to put the Lodge 
in possession of all the facts in the case. 

13. A visiting brother has no right to object to the initiation of a candidate who has 
been regularly elected. To permit that would be equivalent to conferring the right of 
the ballot upon the visiting brother. 

14. A Wr. M.'. has the right to order the Secretary not to write down certain por- 
tions of the testimony given in a Masonic trial, if such testimony might tend to disclose 
to the profane such things as are " improper to be written." 

1."). A brother preferring charges is a competent witness in the case. Any interest 
that may attach to his position wiil go to his credibility only. 

16. A brother on trial for unmasonic conduct has the right to impeach a witness, 
even if he be a member of his own Lodge. 

We have also received the proceedings of the twenty-sixth Annual Communication, 
held at Davenport, June 1st, 1869 — the Mr. Wr. Reuben Mickel being Grand Master, 
and the Br. Wr. Theodore S. Parvin, Grand Secretary. Representatives were 
present from one hundred and forty- five Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master fills fourteen pages, and is mainly taken up with 
the business of his office and the Grand Lodge. Noticing the fact that a quarter of a 
century had passed since the Grand Lodge of Iowa was constituted, the Grand Master 
gives us this well written and appropriate paragraph : — 

Through the favor of Heaven we have again been permitted to assemble in Grand 
Annual Communication, to take into consideration the things that make for the peace 
and prosperity of our institution. We assemble here again, on this the twenty-fifth 
anniversary of our Grand Lodge existence, rejoicing that the same beneficent power 
which has built up the Sate of Iowa, and endowed it so wonderfully with the elements 
of greatness, has not forgotten us, but has made the " handful of corn " cast into the 
fruitful soil of our State a quarter of a century ago, now " wave like Lebanon." Ours, 
my brethren, has been a wonderful, an unexampled growth. Less than forty years 

52 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

ago — within the memory of many of us — the State of Iowa was an almost unknown 
land. True, wonderful tales had crossed our river of " bright fields beyond the swel- 
ling flood," awaiting the husbandman, and inviting him to enter and take possession: 
but only here and there had a few restless spirits entered. Now, how changed! 
Everywhere, all over our beautiful State, are the busy homes of thriving men ; vil- 
lage's and even cities have sprung up as if by magic, and the wonderful " Tales of the 
Arabian Nights" have seemed to become less incredible than the prosaic details of 
our daily life. Not less wonderful has been the advance of our institution. Twenty- 
live years ago four weak Lodges, with a total membership of only one hundred and 
one, met and planted the shoot which has growm and flourished beyond their most 
sanguine expectations, and beneath whose wide-spread branches we to-day find pleas- 
ant and congenial homes. To-day the Grand Lodge of Iowa has grown into an 
association of two hundred and thirty-two chartered Lodges, with an aggregate mem- 
bership of over ten thousand — men whom the ancient constitutions require shall be 
"good and true men, free-born and of mature and discreet age, no bondmen, no 
women, no immoral or scandalous men, but of good report." 

He had granted dispensations to open twenty-three new Lodges during the year, 
and had refused several petitions for good causes. 

Five " Schools of Instruction " had been held. The subject of the " permanent 
location of the Grand Lodge " was broached, and finally settled by the reception of the 
offer of Bro. J. J. Burtis, of Davenport, that the Grand Lodge might have the free 
use of his opera house as long as they wished it. 

A Lodge of clandestine Masons, established in Boonsboro, is honored with a prom- 
nent position in the Grand Master's pillory. 

The receipts of the year were $7,083 25, and the expenditures $5,634 93. 

A committee appointed to visit the " Orphan's Home," made a flattering report 
thereof, stating that four hundred and eighty of the orphans of soldiers killed during 
the late civil war, were here being cared for and educated. The sum of $100 was 
donated to its library fund. 

The systematic and laborious Grand Secretary furnishes us in this pamphlet some 
twenty pages of elaborate tables, giving a complete synoptic view of the state and 
history of the Lodges. Knowing somewhat of the labor and perplexity of preparing 
such tables, we wonder at the patience of our good brother. He is certainly eminently 
fitted for his office, and we wish that some of the Grand Secretaries, whose work has 
been passed under review, would follow Bro. Parvin, at least " afar off." Our Ohio 
and South Carolina friends may take this as a strong hint for them to " go and do like- 

There are two hundred and sixty-one Lodges in the jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of eleven thousand four hundred and sixty-three. 

The Eeport of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. W. E. Miller, 
in which he reviews the proceedings of thirty-seven Grand Lodges, including that of 
California for 1863. Our brother is quite brief in his notice of most of the pamphlets, 
but he has, nevertheless, given us an excellent and well written document of forty 
pages. He compliments- and quotes from the address of Grand Master Davies, remark- 
ing that it shows him " to have faithfully and ably discharged the duties of his high 
office. " Of the oration of Bro. Felton, he says that it " is eloquent and instructive, 
and has the further merit of not being too long." 

The M.\ W.vJohn Scott, of Nevada, was elected Grand Master, and the B.\W.\ 
Theodore S. Parvin reelected Grand Secretary. 

Abstract of Decisions by Grand Master and Grand Lodge. 

1. If a member of a Lodge refuses to obey a summons, the remedy is to prefer 
charges against him on that ground. 

2. " Lawful age," for membership, is twenty-one years. 

3. The Worshipful Master cannot, even with the vote of the majority of his Lodge, 
remove the same from one locality to another. 

4. Query. — Can the Worshipful Master of a Lodge close the same and legally declare 
it closed for the remainder of his official term ? 

Ans. — He might do so if the Lodge should become insubordinate and refuse ; 
ply with his decisions, properly made, and by their conduct trample under foot the 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 53 

groundwork and principles of Masonry, or for such causes as would justify taking away 
From them their charter. But he has no right to do so merely to gratify a personal 
whim or caprice, or a petty spite towards the Lodge or a portion of its members. 

5, Query.— When an applicant for membership has been rejected, and charges are 
immediately preferred against him, and he is either expelled or suspended, should his 
dimit be returned to him? 

3.— No. He is no longer entitled to any evidence of good standing. 

(5. Querv.— A brother Master Mason petitions a Lodge for membership, his petition 
is properly referred and reported upon favorably. Must the ballot be spread at once, 
or can the Lodge postpone the ballot until the next stated communication of the Lodge ? 

Ans.— I think it would be entirely in the discretion of the Worshipful Master to 
postpone it or not, according to the circumstances of the case. 

7. Query.— Can the Worshipful Master take the charter to another village, within 
the jurisdiction of his Lodge, and there open a funeral Lodge for the purpose of bury- 
ing one of his deceased members ? 

' Ans— Certainly. To hold otherwise would be to deny Masonic burial to many 
worthy Masons whose residence is at a distance from the place where the Lodge hall 
is stationed. 

8. Query.— Has a Warden the right to call special meetings of his Lodge, in the ab- 
sence of the Worshipful Master from the town where the Lodge is located, the Worship- 
ful Master residing some ten miles in the country? 

Ans. — When the Worshipful Master is absent beyond the jurisdiction of his Lodge, 
or is unable, through illness or otherwise, to attend to the duties of his office, the 
Senior Warden, or in his absence or inability, the Junior Warden may call such meet- 
ings. He has no such right while the Worshipful Master is Avithin the jurisdiction of 
his Lodge, and capable of attending to his official duties. His residence in the country 
may make it inconvenient, but does not change the nature of the case. 


The thirteenth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kansas was held in 
Lawrence, October 20, 1868. The M.\ W.\ M. S. Adams presided as Grand Master, 
and the B. m . W.\ Erasmus T. Carr was Grand Secretary. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a brief, business-like document, and is mainly 
taken up with local matters. He had granted dispensations for the formation of nine 
new Lodges. It appears that the wandering and often-rejected brethren at Salt Lake 
have at last found a home or resting-place, Kansas having taken them under her shel- 
tering wings. It will be remembered that our Nevada brethren positively refused a 
charter, and so did the Colorado or Montana Grand Lodge, we forget which. The 
application having been made last year to the Grand Master of Kansas, he granted a 
dispensation, having,. as he says, " no means of knowing whether the applicants were 
the same or different brethren from those who made application to the Grand Master 
of Nevada." He now referred the whole matter to the Grand Lodge of Kansas for its 
consideration. The " Committee on Warrants" made a report thereon, which we copy 
at length, as the Grand Lodge approved the same, and granted a charter. 

" Your Committee on Warrants beg leave to report that they have had under con- 
sideration the application of the brethren of Mt. Moriah Lodge, U. D., at Great Salt 
Lake City. They find the minutes of this Lodge are correctly kept, the returns correct, 
and that the By-Laws conform to our regulations. Objections to the establisment of 
this Lodge have been raised by the Grand Lodge of Nevada, and their objections we 
would not wish to wilfully disregard. The brethren petitioning for a charter promise 
a faithful adherence to our rules and regulations, and several of them were formerly 
members of this jurisdiction, and brothers who we believe to have the true interests 
of the fraternity at heart, and who would zealously labor to promote the genuine prin- 
ciples of Freemasonry. The dispensation was granted to the brethren (wherein, per- 
haps, lays the only error under the circumstances,) they have served their probation, 
their work is approved, and with all due reference to the Grand Lodge objections, we 
would recommend that a charter be granted them." 

Grave questions of Masonic law and comity necessarily attach to this action of the 
Grand Master and Grand Lodge of Kansas. But as it is not our funeral, and as Bro. 
Taylor, of Nevada, is abundantly able to wield the sword in his own defence and that 
of his Grand Lodge, we turn over the whole matter to him. 

Having " for good and sufficient reasons " granted some eleven special dis- 
pensations, the Grand Master gives some equally' good ones why such should be very 
sparingly granted. We concur in the preaching rather than in the practice. 

54 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

A resolution was adopted to procure a suitable set of jewels and clothing for the 
use of the Grand Lodge, which was ordered to be as follows : " The clothing shall be 
a white apron, and the jewels shall be attached to a plain ribbon." It is quite clear 
that our Kansas brethren are opposed to display. They are even severe in their demo- 
cratic simplicity. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was presented by the Grand 
Secretary. The proceedings of thirty-five Grand Lodges are very carefully reviewed. 
We find nothing requiring special notice therien. 

There are seventy-one Lodges in this jurisdicton, with a membership of 2,645. 

The 3L\ W.\ John H. Brown was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Eras- 
mus T. Carr was reelected Grand Secretary. 

Abstract of Decisions by the Grand Master. 

1. The ballot should be spread upon an unfavorable report, as it is the right of 
every member of the Lodge to consent or dissent to the admission of a candidate. 

2. County lines in no manner affect the jurisdiction of subordinate Lodges within 
the State. 

3. A Mason who has never served as Warden in a Lodge is not eligible to the office 
of W.'. Ms. except in the case of a new Lodge. 

4. A Lodge U. D. has no authority to try a brother, whether affiliated or not. 

5. There is no precise age fixed to limit the qualifications of candidates for the de- 
grees of Masonry. The candidate must be in possession of the ordinary physical anp 
mental faculties of perfect manhood. 


The proceedings of the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 
held in Louisville, October 21, 1867, came to us in a somewhat bulky volume of nearly 
five hundred pages. The 31.'. W.\ I. T. Martin presided as Grand Master, and the 
JR.'. W.'. John M. S. McCorkle was Grand Secretaiy. Representatives were present 
from three hundred and seventeen subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is very brief, and is mainly confined to a state- 
ment of the business transacted by him during the year. Here are some judicious 
fences which we copy from the opening page. They are suggestive to the Craft every- 
where : — 

" The year now drawing to a close has been one of unexampled activity among the 
Craft, and our numbers have been added to with fearful rapidity. We have been led 
to look with alarm upon this rapid increase. This is not a democracy ; not intended 
for the million ; but for a select body of men, gathered up from the masses because of 
their high moral worth and integrity of character. 3Len, among whom all can feel 
that in each of this band he has a friend and brother, on whom he can lean with the 
fullest confidence. It should be the duty of every Mason to see that no one enters the 
door at our Mystic Temple unless he be a man, in the full Masonic acceptation of the 
term. It should be remembered too by every Mason that when the man is admitted 
to our Order, that he not only becomes his brother, but the brother of every other 
Mason also. We do not want numbers ; they already encircle the world. Then why 
add a link to our chain unless it is a golden fink? We really do not want money, and 
if we do, can we afford to barter away the privileges of our sacred order? Let us 
then, brethren, guard well the outer door of our Mystic Temple."' 

The Grand Master goes after the non-affiliated drones in the Masonic hive with a 
sharp stick. He suggests the .adoption of some effective remedy. Suppose, worthy 
brother, you try a dose of our California medicine ? We have this provision in our 
Grand Lodge Constitution : — 

" It is the duty of every Master Mason to be a member of some Lodge : and every 
one who, having resided six months within the jurisdiction of a Lodge, shall refu& 
neglect to make application so to be, or who shall not have regularly contributed to 
such Lodge an amount equivalent to its regular dues, while able so to do, shall be 
deemed unworthy of Masonic consideration, and shall not be entitled to, nor be the 
recipient of any of the rights, privileges or charities of the Order." 

We have some of these drones in our midst, notwithstanding this stringent provis- 
ion. But it has had a marked effect in reducing their number as near to a minimum as 
we can expect to attain in this imperfect world of very fallible men. Our experience 
having proved the inefficacy of moral lectures once a year from the Grand Master's 

1869] Grand Lodge of California. 55 

chair, to bring these lazy Masons to their senses, we concluded to adopt the old man's 
theory of hard stones upon the culprits. 

The brethren in Louisville were commended for their liberality and zeal as dis- 
played in their generous contributions towards the erection and endowment of a home 
for the widows and orphans of deceased Masons. Over $30,000 had already been se- 

Dispensations had been issued for the formation of nineteen new Lodges, two of 
them, however, being in place of old Lodges that had ceased to exist. 

The receipts for the year were $23,490 28, and the expenditures $27,833 21. 

A resolution was offered setting forth the expediency and necessity of dividing the 
Grand Lodge, and having two, viz : an Eastern and a Western Grand Lodge; but by 
the very strong vote of 264 to 46, the whole subject was laid on the table. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the able and graceful pen 
of the Grand Secretary, and is a document well worthy of perusal. In it the proceed- 
ings of thirty-three American, and three Foreign Grand Lodges are reviewed, our own 
for 1866 being of the number. Our good brother deals very liberally with California, 
quoting fully and generally approvingly from the report of our predecessor, Bro. 
Rhees. He, however, takes issue with Bro. R. in his argument that the Worshipful Master 
of a Lodge can resign or dimit. Bro. R. battles manfully and ably for his side of the ar- 
gument, and it is possible he may be right. But after all the thought and considera- 
tion we have been able to give to this disputed question, we must say we concur in the 
dissenting opinion. As, however, after all, it is more of an abstract than a practical 
question, we shall not break a lance with any of the disputants, and especially not 
with our most respected predecessor. We will agree to differ. 

The number of Master Masons is set down at 14,614. There were 2,254 initiated 
during the year, to which fact we suppose the Grand Master alluded in the remarks 
we have already quoted. Among the statistics given is this somewhat novel one, that 
there are four hundred and thirty-three " Ministers of the Gospel" belonging to the 
Order in that State. We move a reference of this item to the convention of " vinegar 
cruets" that recently made Chicago hideous with their howlings about the wn-Chris- 
tianity of Masonry and all secret Orders. 

The M.\ W.\ Elisha S. Fitch was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ 
Bro. J. M. S. McCorkle was reelected Grand Secretary. 

We have also received in a like bulky volume the proceedings of the Annual Com- 
munication for 1868, held in Louisville, October 19, etseq. The Mr. Wr. Elisha S. 
Fitch presided as Grand Master, and the Br. Wr. John M. S. McCorkle was Grand 
Secretary. Three hundred and seventeen subordinate Lodges were again represented. 

The Address of Grand Master Fitch was somewhat longer than that of his prede- 
cessor, occupying some twenty pages of the pamphlet before us. He announces the 
gratifying fact that " peace and harmony had prevailed almost without interruption in 
all the subordinate Lodges," and that " a lively interest had been generally manifested 
in favor of a higher standard of practical morality among Freemasons." The only dis- 
tracting element had been an effort on the part of certain brethren to revive in an 
illegal and unmasonic way, the project for a division of the Grand Lodge, which was 
so effectually squelched the preceding year. The Grand Master, as soon as the knowl- 
edge of this revolutionary movement came to his ears, issued a prohibitory edict, in 
which he was thoroughly sustained by the Grand- Lodge. 

He had issued dispensations to open fourteen new Lodges, one of which, however, 
was subsequently revoked in consequence of the development of gross irregularity. 
During the past year, also, several dormant Lodges had been revived, the " brethren 
resuming their work with much energy and good prospects of usefulness and success." 

The receipts for the year were $28,780 34, and the expenditures $28,337 26. The 
Grand Lodge owns stock in various institutions to the amount of $78,450. 

56 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13. 

The project for a division of the Grand Lodge was again set at rest by the unani- 
mous adoption of these brief, but very pointed resolutions : — 

<<K That it is inexpedient to divide this Grand Lodge. Resolved, that a 
division of this Grand Lodge would militate against the interests of our ancient and 
honorable institution. 

We were very sorry to see a favorable notice of that most miserable abortion, 
"Heboid's General History of Freemasonry." We are quite sure that a little more 
careful examination of its outrageous, blasphemous pages, would have resulted in 
11 heaving it over among the rubbish," never to be searched for again. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is again from the pen of the 
Grand Secretary. He reviews the proceedings of twenty-eight American Grand 
Lodges, our own for 18(37 among the number, and of three in foreign countries. He 
commends and quotes from the Address of Grand Master Claiborne, and says the 
report of Bro. Owen is an " interesting one." 

The number of Master Masons on the roll this year is IS, 972, showing an apparent 
increase of 4,358 during the year. But a part of this is probably owing to more 
complete returns from subordinate Lodges. The number initiated was 2,070. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 


The fifty-seventh Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana was 
held in the city of New Orleans, February 8-12, 1869 — the M. m . W.\ Henry R. Swa- 
sey presiding as Grand Master, and the 7?. \ 1F.\ James C. Batchelor being Grand Sec- 
retary. Representatives were present from eighty-one chartered Lodges. The 
proceedings of this Communication fill a somewhat bulky pamphlet of four hundred 
and twenty-five pages; but the hurried glance we have been able to give the same, 
evinces that the} r are of sufficient interest, general and local, to justify this large 
amount of space. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well written and business-like document. 
It opens with congratulations to the Fraternity on the peace, harmony, and prosperity 
that had marked the work and progress of the year, and a grateful acknowledgment 
to Almighty God for such apparent and most bountiful blessings. Due and feeling 
notice is made of the deaths of three Past Grand Officers, whose services had been of 
great benefit to the Craft in that jurisdiction. 

Dispensations had been issued during the year for the formation of nine new 
Lodges, and besides these, the Grand Master seems to have been a faithful and indus- 
trious worker in visiting and instructing subordinate Lodges, laying corner-stones, etc. 

The Grand Master brought before the Grand Lodge for its action, the conduct of 
the Grand Orient of France, which had, as he averred, grossly outraged the Frater- 
nity in that jurisdiction by recognizing, fraternizing with, and otherwise encouraging 
certain spurious bodies of Masonry. As this matter, with the action of the Grand 
Lodge thereon, must of necessity come before our own body for its consideration, it 
is proper that as extended notice thereof be made as the limited space at our com- 
mand will justify. We copy these paragraphs from the Grand Haste :— 

It has become mv painful duty to bring to your notice the action of the Grand 
Orient of France, with whom we have for many years been upon the most fri- 
and brotherly terms of esteem and regard. The Grand Orient of France lias aided 
and assisted this Grand Lodge in times of trouble and anxiety, by her firm adherence 
to constitutional law and Masonic justice. In the month of December, I rec< 
from the office of the Grand Orient, through the post-oifice, an official bulletin 
taming a decree which certainly surprised me. It has. with a strange perversion 
and unaccountable want of consistencY, recognized a clandestine body in this 
calling itself the Supreme Council of the Sovereign and Independent 
ana, a body which has been declared by herself totally unworthy, and whicl 
been repudiated by a large portion of the Masonic world, and even the lew proniii 
and respectable men who once sided with them, have long since deserted and repudi- 
ated them, and su low. has it sunk in respectability that it> Great High Priest and 
founder has severed his connection, and no longer acknowledges them in their at- 

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tempts at demoralization. It is now composed of a few designing men, and a mass 
of ignorant and degraded people for whom they care not, except the use they make 
of them to gratify their own bad purposes. The decree of the Grand Orient is fol- 
lowed by a report from a committee, which seems to have prompted its action. The 
report is a strange jumble of misrepresentations, and makes but one correct statement, 
and that is the disgraceful history of the body which she now recognizes. 

It will become your painful duty to take notice of this action of the Grand Orient 
of France, and make such decree as in your wisdom may be found expedient and 
necessary, to sustain the dignity of this Grand Lodge and maintain its authority over 
craft Masonry in this jurisdiction. There can be no divided authority. Upon one 
principle we are all agreed, and while we have life we will sustain it. The Grand 
Lodge of Louisiana will never submit to a divided jurisdiction, and in this position she 
will be sustained by every Grand Lodge in North America, for all are interested alike 
in sustaining each other. This principle once abandoned, the power of Masonry for 
good is gone. Discord and confusion will reign supreme, and the sun of Masonry will 
set in a sea of darkness. 

The subject matter of this complaint was referred to a committee of the Grand 
Lodge, of which the illustrious Bro. James B. Scot, of the well-known and appreci- 
ated Committee on Correspondence, was chairman. That committee submitted an 
able and exhaustive report on the matter, giving at length therein a full translated 
copy of the edict of the Grand Orient complained of. We agree with the Committee 
that this very edict stultifies itself, and furnishes good reason why this strange course 
resorted to should not have been adopted. We give in full the comments of this com- 
mittee thereon, with the action recommended : — 

Your committee consider it altogether unnecessary to criticise the special pleading 
of the above report, or notice the errors it contains, as they are apparent to every 
brother conversant with the history of Masonry in Louisiana. It is sufficient that, 
notwithstanding the attempt to gloss over facts, the report not only admits that the 
so-called " Supreme Council of the A. and A. S. Kite, in and for the sovereign and in- 
dependent State of Louisiana," is a self-created and self-constituted body, possessing 
no lawful authority ; but that in 1858 the Grand Orient declared it spurious and clan- 
destine, and expelled its chief. Nor would it be proper for your committee to discuss 
the motives alleged in justification of the present act of hostility by the Grand Orient, 
as we cannot, as Masons, take any part in the political and socialistic movements of 
the day. But, while we consider "it beneath the dignity of this Grand Lodge to enter 
into controversy, or indulge in recrimination, with the Grand Orient for the course it 
has pursued, it is proper to state the principles which actuate and govern this Grand 
Lodge : — 

1. The Grand Lodge of Louisiana claims the exclusive right to constitute and 
govern all Lodges of symbolic Freemasonry in the State. She does not recognize, nor 
permit her subordinates to recognize, or hold Masonic intercourse with, any clandes- 
tine association claiming to be Masonic, either individually or collectively, and con- 
siders the recognition of any clandestine body located in Louisiana by a foreign Ma- 
sonic power a violation of Masonic comity, an act of open hostility against her 
authority, and an infringement on her jurisdictional rights. 

2. The Grand Lodge of Louisiana does not confer the degrees of Freemasonry. 
She intrusts the making of Masons to her subordinate Bodges, requiring that, in this 
particular, they shall conform to the requirements of the Ancient Constitutions of the 
Fraternity, viz : that all initiates shall possess the necessary physical qualifications, be 
free-born and of good report. So long as these landmarks are respected and obeyed, 
the subordinate Lodges have the right to select their own material, and the Grand 
Lodge has no power to dictate whom, or whom not, they shall receive. 

3. Granting the fullest liberty to all Masons under her jurisdiction to enjoy, as indi- 
viduals, their own opinions on the political and social questions of the day — only en- 
joining upon them to be good citizens, to pay due allegiance to the Government, and 
obey the laws under whose protection they live— the Grand Lodge, in its Masonic ca- 
pacity, takes no cognizance of such subjects. To her has been confided the sacred 
duty of preserving Masonry pure and unsullied from all extraneous influences, be they 
what they may ; and it will ever be her earnest endeavor to transmit to posterity the 
principles of our institution as spotless and untarnished as she received them from our 
fathers— regardless of foes within or foes without. 

Recognizing these great principles as landmarks of the Fraternity, your committee 
can view the recognition of the so-called Supreme Council by the Grand Orient of 
France in no other light than a violation of Masonic comity, and a wanton insult to 
this Grand Lodge. But the Grand Orient, not satisfied with having given aid and 
countenance to a clandestine body located in our midst, appeals to our American 
brethren to " appreciate " its conduct and " imitate " its example. This spirit of pro- 
pagandism and interference may be in accordance with the teachings of modern 

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" French Masonry," but it is not inculcated in the Masonry which we have received 
from our common mother, the Grand Lodge of England. This spirit, which seeks to 
impair the honor and subvert the dignity of this Grand Lodge, will, we doubt not, be 
properly appreciated by our sister Grand Lodges, and in submitting the following 
resolutions, your committee feel confident that the Grand Lodge will receive from her 
American sisters the same sympathy and support which they so generously extended 
to the Grand Lodge of New York, when her jurisdiction was invaded by the Grand 
Lodge of Hamburg. 

Fraternally submitted. James B. Scot, 

Joseph P. Hornor, 


Resolved, That all Masonic correspondence and fraternal relations between the 
Grand Lodge of Louisiana and the Grand Orient of France cease, and be discontinued, 
and no Mason owing allegiance to that Grand Body be recognized as such in this juris- 

Resolved, That a duly authenticated copy of the above report and resolution be 
transmitted to the Grand Orient of France, and to all regularly constituted American 
and European Grand Lodges. 

The report, with the accompanying resolutions, after discussion, was adopted by 
the Grand Lodge, with but a single dissenting voice, and the Fraternity in Louisiana 
appeal to us and all other Grand Lodges to sustain them in this defence of their rights. We 
submit the whole matter for the careful and judicious action of the Grand Lodge, only 
remarking, that painful as such action may appear, we do not see how we can or should 
do less in this case than we did when New York so justly complained of the Grand 
Lodge of Hamburg, and for whose refusal to make proper amends, that Grand Lodge 
is under the ban of the entire Fraternity in the United States. 

The Grand Master condemns, without reservation, the custom in some quarters of the 
Fraternity uniting with other Orders or Associations in the burial of a brother. Here 
is what he says : — 

However respectable other associations may be, or however much we may respect 
the motives which prompt their actions, they are not Masonry. Innovation should 
not be toierated. Once commenced and countenanced, no one can tell the bad results 
to flow from the loss of our identity, and that peculiar position which we have so long 
held among the organizations of the earth. I would recommend that an expression of 
the opinion of the Grand Lodge be had upon the subject, that the doubts of the 
brethren may be removed, and the practice entirely stopped, or some arrangement be 
made by which uniformity may be arrived at. Instead as now, each Master is com- 
pelled to use his own judgment as to how far he can go in this unnatural amalgama- 

The Grand Lodge, concurring in this view, adopted the following as a general regu- 
lation : — 

Resolved, That it is improper to perform any of the public ceremonies peculiar to 
the Fraternity, in connection with other secret associations, and especially so in regard 
to the funeral services. Should the deceased brother or his family have expressed a 
desire, it is the duty of Masons to bury him Masonically, but not otherwise. There is 
no obligation on any one, and hardly any degree of propriety to do this, unless this 
desire has been expressed. When, however, this has been done, our ceremonies 
should not be encroached upon after the religious rites are ended, and the body taken 
charge of by the brethren, by the ceremonies of any association, of any kind whatever. 

As this is a matter purely local in its bearing, and one justly within the province of 
any Grand Lodge to adopt such course as it may deem proper, it may be considered 
as somewhat obtrusive for an outsider to express an opinion. But we cannot but say 
that while, on a general principle, the one adopted as above maybe all right and 
proper, it is going too far to make it an iron, unbending rule. In this jurisdiction no 
special law has ever been enacted that we are aware of; each Lodge or Master, or we 
may say, each locality is left to do as in the sound discretion of the Fraternity may be 
deemed best and expedient. Whilst we heartily endorse the sentiment, that Masons 
should never be obtrusive, or make any demand of a right to bury a brother, but on 
the contrary, should never do so unless a positive request be made, either by the de- 
ceased brother before death, or by the family, and that when in charge of the m&y 
should, in the fullest sense of the words, bury it, yet if that brother had been an Odd 

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Fellow, or member of any other charitable or benevolent institution, whose members 
desire, in an admitted subordinate capacity, to show their respect, by the performance 
of the ritual or certain rules of that organization, where is the harm or uumasonic 
work, if a pause be made, say after the deposit of the evergreen, and permission be 
given for such friends and sympathizers to do their work, provided the Masons again 
take full charge and finish the solemn obsequies of our Order ? Such has been and is 
the practice of the fraternity in the particular locality of the writer. We have neither 
seen nor heard of any harm arising therefrom, but on the contrary, believe that much 
good is thereby promoted. But if our Louisiana brethren deem this a matter of so 
great importance as to enact the policy of exclusion, we question not their right, but 
only say " we have no such custom," nor do we believe the welfare of the Order 
demands it. 

The Deputy Grand Master and also the District Deputies submitted elaborate reports 
of their acts during the year, attesting that none of them had been drones in the hive. 

The finances of the Grand Lodge seem to be in a healthy condition ; the receipts 
being $29,541 18, and the expenditures $25,925 29. 

The Report of the Grand Secretary is a minute and elaborate one, entirely taken 
up, however, with the mere sketch of his official acts and the financial condition of the 
Grand Lodge. It occupies thirty closely printed pages of the pamphlet before us. 
The Grand Lodge made a graceful acknowledgment of its sense of the value of the 
services of this worthy officer, by voting him $500 in addition to his regular salary. 

The Committee on Correspondence, through Bro. James B. Scot, Chairman, sub- 
mitted two reports; one comprising about thirteen pages, being entirely devoted to a 
review Of the " Proceedings of the Supreme Council of the 33d degree of the A. A. S. 
Rite, for the Xorthern Jurisdiction of the United States of America." This report is 
written in a kind, fraternal spirit, our worthy brother being of the opinion that no 
necessity exists or should exist for bad feeling or recrimination between the adherents 
of the Scottish and Ancient York Rites. In this we cordially concur. Having " seen 
the elephant" as high up as the 32°, we can cheerfully say that our love for and de- 
votion to York Masonry has not been at all diminished. Much of this report of Bro. 
Scot is devoted to the review of the- travels of a Scottish Rite brother " in foreign 
countries," and we have read with considerable interest what that brother says of the 
Fraternity in Brazil, Buenos Ayres, Uruguay, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Egypt, 
France, England and Ireland. Of the Order in Turkey and Egypt we have these 
items of interest : — 

Turkey and Egypt.— In 1749 a Lodge was opened in the house of an English inter- 
preter in Constantinople; a number of Turks were initiated, when the Government 
gave notice that if any more meetings were held, the house and all in it would be burnt. 
About 1836 the Grand Lodge of England granted a second authority, and a Lodge was 
opened in the same city, but the fanatical opposition proved too strong, and Masonry 
again died out. A third attempt of the Grand Lodge of England proved more success- 
fid. In 1859 Oriental Lodge, No. 988, under its jurisdiction, was firmly established, 
and subsequently Bro. Goodall saw the work and initiation done in this Lodge in five 
different languages. About the same date the Lodge Etoile du Bosphore was organ- 
ized, under authority from the Grand Orient of France. Since then Lodges have 
rapidly increased ; there is now a District Grand Lodge of England at Constantinople, 
having twelve Lodges under its jurisdiction, and altogether about thirty-five Lodges in 
lurkey and Egypt, working under authority from European Grand Bodies. There is 
also a Supreme Council at Smyrna, but it has not yet been recognized by any foreign 
Masonic Grand Body, as there is some doubt whether or not it has been legally con- 

Much has been written and said of late years relative to the existence of Free- 
masonry among the Dervishes in Turkey and Asia Minor. Bro. Goodall paid particu- 
lar attention to the subject, repeatedly attending the meetings of several of those 
Orders and was satisfied that " while there were many things in the ceremonies that 
resembled somewhat our mystic forms, vet it was very evident that they were in no 
way allied to the history, legends, or teachings of Masonry." Since his visit Bro. John 
P. Brown, Secretary and Dragoman of the U. S. Legation at Constantinople, has given 
a very thorough investigation to the subject— his long residence, extensive travels in 
the country, and knowledge of the languages, peculiarly fitting him for the task— and 

60 Proceedings of the [Oct, 13, 

in his history of the Dervishes, he fully corroborates the statement of Bro. Goodall. 
The name of Freemasonry in the Turkish language is Fermason, and is one of great 
reproach, as it signifies Atheism of the most condemnable character. Notwithstand- 
ing this, many of the educated and higher classes of the Turks have of late years be- 
come members of the Fraternity, being initiated either in France or the Lodges recently 
established in Turkey. 

The Report of the Committee proper, is an able and elaborate document, occupy- 
ing some one hundred and forty pages of this pamphlet. Bro. Soot reviews the pro- 
ceedings of thirty-nine American Grand Lodges (our own for 1867 being of the number,) 
and of six of those in foreign countries. What Bro. S. writes is always worth reading. 
The friendly tone with which he discusses points of difference with his brethren never 
gives offence. It is even a pleasure to " break a lance," if needs be, with so good- 
natured an opponent. But in this case we see no cause therefor. 

Bro. Scot devotes five pages to the California proceedings. With all the rest, he 
speaks in the highest terms of the Address and recommendations of Grand Master 
Claiborne. Bro. Abell and the "Masonic Board of Relief" come in for their just 
share of commendation. Bro. Scot concurs with Bro. Lewis of New York, in his 
strictures upon a report from the Committee on Grievances (endorsed by our Grand 
Lodge,) where the action of a Lodge acquitting a brother was reversed, and a new 
trial ordered. If not wrong in principle, these worthy brethren are of the opinion that 
all second trials, so ordered, will necessarily be little more than broad farces. We will 
only say that we believe this was not the case in the particular matter brought before 
our Grand Lodge. The circumstances of that case were peculiar, there being " a 
wheel within a wheel," and there will be but little if any danger of its ever being 
brought up as a precedent for future action. 

The Oration of Bro. Bcjckbse is spoken of in high terms, and one of its brightest 
gems is extracted to adorn the Louisiana report. The report of our immediate prede- 
cessor, Bro. Owen, receives also its proper and favorable notice. 

The number of Lodges in this jurisdiction is one hundred and thirty-four, with a 
membership of 6,OD9. There had been six hundred and two initiated, five hundred and 
eighteen passed, and four hundred and ninety raised during the year. 

The 31.'. W.\ Samuel M. Todd was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ James 
C. Batchelor was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The proceedings of the Grand Lodge of this Down-East Pine State, for 1868, 
came to us in a neatly printed pamphlet of about two hundred pages. The Com- 
munication was held in the city of Portland, May 5, 1868 — the M.'.W.'. Timothy 
J. Murray presiding as Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Ira Berry being Grand Secre- 
tary. Representatives were present from one hundred and thirty subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is quite a model of its kind, both in length and in 
its discussion of topics appropriate to such a document. He apologizes for the small 
amount of time that he had been enabled to devote to the Masonic business of his 
office, and yet we think the record of his acts attests that he was not so remiss as he 
charges himself. He reports that generally, harmony and brotherly love prevailed 
throughout the various Lodges. More attention was paid to the study of Masonic laws 
and usages, and to the character of applicants for the degrees, from which the Grand 
Master augured well for the future. He had granted dispensations for the formation 
of three new Lodges, and two applications had been refused tor good cause. Several 
corner stones had been laid, and three new Masonic halls dedicated during the year. 
He had decided several questions of law and practice which had been submitted to 
him, the most important of which, having been confirmed by the Grand Lodge, will 
be given in our summary at the close of this article. 

The Grand Master alludes to the new crusade, just inaugurated by a few noisy 
fanatics, against Masonry and all secret orders,— and although we think he gives un- 
due importance to their acts and petty rant, yet his words contain such excellent Bug- 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 61 

gestions and advice, that we copy them, only adding that they meet our hearty 
concurrence : — 

One other matter of great and vital importance to us as an organization, is the 
renewal of the old warfare against our Fraternity. Already in the West a portentous 
cloud appears to be gathering — destined, in the hopes of our enemies, to overwhelm 
the institution, and sweep the last vestige of Masonry from our land. In connection 
with this event, it has been painful to me to notice in many of the newly started Ma- 
sonic periodicals of our day what I cannot but regard as an unwise course, in engag- 
ing in controversy with the men who assail us, and endeavoring to write down them 
and their acts, in articles not to be commended in their spirit or language by any true 
friend of our Order. Much as I regret that we have no Masonic press in our State, I 
have the satisfaction thereb}' of knowing that we do not publish to the world any 
thing which may afford strength and capital to our enemies, by furnishing them with 
an excuse or a pretence for continuing their unprovoked attacks upon our Fraternity. 

This condition of affairs, however, places upon us a responsibility; and the 
proper manner in which to meet this issue is of much importance. We should all 
bear in mind that ours is not a controversial or belligerent institution; that its spirit 
as well as teachings, forbid us to wrangle or dispute about it ; and that the best 
answer we can make to " railing accusations " is to point to the lives and conversa- 
tion of those whom we delight to honor. While no inducement ought to lead us into 
argument with those who may ridicule and falsify the character of our institution, 
there is a work for every Mason to do, that may redound to its lasting good and 

It cannot be denied that during the past few years our doors have been too ea- 
sily opened to those who would gain admission — and especially during the time of 
the war, when it was thought that every man who was a patriot was worthy of all 
the honor we could confer upon him — and thus we have received many into our 
ranks that have not brought honor or benefit to us. The tendency of this has 
been to cause a laxity in discipline, and in too many cases have palpable viola- 
tions of Masonic duty been permitted to pass without rebuke or other action there- 
on, to the detriment of the order. Herein lies the principal — indeed the only — dan- 
ger to the institution ; and if Masonry is ever put down und swept away, it must be 
by the indiscretions and irregularities of its friends ; for if we are true to the princi- 
ples of the Order, as delivered to us by the Fathers of the Craft, no human power 
can prevail against us. 

This crusade is waged against us in some quarters under the name of Religion; 
but let none of us be deceived by this pretence, or attribute it, in word or in thought, 
to the influence of the pure and gentle teaching- of Christianity. Religion demands 
not this warfare. Freemasonry claims not to supersede Religion ; but it claims and 
has had the credit of being the handmaid of Religion — and this from some of the 
noblest and best of Religion's firm supporters. This attack upon it under the pretext 
that it is hostile or dangerous to Religion, therefore, is and can be prompted only 
bv that same old spirit of Sectarianism, manifested and promulgated more than a 
century ago by our old enemy of Rome ; and with whom we now, with mingled feel- 
ings of pain and sorrow, behold a portion of Protestant America uniting hands in 
this unholy work. To read the late allocutions of him who wears the triple crown, 
would seem almost enough to convince an unprejudiced mind, that whatever Rome 
condemns ought to be approved by every lover of the principles of Liberty, Equal- 
ity, Fraternity and true Religion. I have, therefore, no faith in this warfare as being 
for the cause of Religion ; and can see in it but the same spirit which piled up the 
fagots for a Servetus, — and I have but little doubt, that many who are engaged in 
this unholy erusade would perform the same office for us, had they the powder 
and opportunity. 

But, my brethren, we have a work in hand in this affair — and that is, to labor for 
the honor and integrity of our institution in the future as we have not always in the 
past. Our laws must be maintained, the duties imposed upon us by our obligations 
must be fulfilled, and the principles of Masonry must be more fully and thoroughly 
exemplified in the life and conversation of all who are reckoned among us. 

From the Grand Treasurer's Report we learn that the receipts of the year were 
.$6,431 38, and the expenditures $6,153 03. 

During the session of the Grand Lodge an interesting ceremony intervened, being the 
laying of the corner-stone of the new Custom House in Portland, which was done 
in " ample form," and to the satisfaction of all taking part therein. 

These resolutions were adopted in relation to the two subjects named. They may 
accomplish the desired end, but we think the very moderate amount of penalty in- 
dicated by the second will prove ineffectual, so far as the cure of this too prevalent 
disease is concerned : — 

62 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge doth hereby express to the Lodges its earnest de- 
sire that so far as is practicable they shall occupy Halls dedicated to the sole use of 
Masonry, and not used by other than Masonic organizations. 

/.'. 8 i i. That the Masters of the Lodges are requested to bring to the attention ot 
unaffiliated Masons residing within the several jurisdictions of their Lodges, and being 
suitable persons to become members, the desirableness of their fully connecting them- 
selves with the Fraternity by becoming Lodge members. In case such unaffiliated 
Masons neglect for more than one year after becoming a resident within the jurisdiction 
of a Lodge to apply for membership therein, said Lodge should require a fee for each 
visit made to the Lodge by said unaffiliated Mason. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. Josiah 
H. Drum.mond, and as usual, is able, well written, and interesting. The proceedings of 
forty-three American Grand Lodges, and that of France are reviewed, our own for 
I860 and 1867 being among the number. He is very flattering in his allusion to our pro- 
ceedings, characterizing ours as " a model volume in mechanical execution, tables 
of statistics, and in fine, in every other respect.' , He speaks favorably of the address 
of Grand Master Claiborne, and report of Bro. Owes, remarking, in our opinion cor- 
rectly, that his apology for its alleged shortcomings was uncalled for. Bro. Drummond 
•thinks our rule in relation to rejected applicants renewing their application is an un- 
safe one. In Maine they "require the candidate to present his petition to the same 
Lodge, or to obtain the consent of the rejecting Lodge, tohether within the State or 
not,'' and this in his opinion is the safer rnle. Perhaps so, but as our bridge has carried 
all safely over thus far, we do not feel disposed to quarrel with or discard it. 

Frorn the report of the Committee on Returns, we learn that there are one hundred 
and forty-seven working Lodges within this jurisdiction, with a membership of 13,001, 
being an increase of 1,510 over the return of the previous year. This committee, like 
our own, is hereafter to be one of the standing committees of the Grand Lodge. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Decisions and Rulings of Grand Master and Grand Lodge during the year. 

1. Xo petition of a resident of this State shall be received, except by the Lodge in 
whose jurisdiction he has resided for the six months next preceding the reception of 
his petition, or with the consent of such Lodge ; nor unless he has resided within the 
State one year. 

2. A candidate for the degrees whose petition has been accepted, who does not 
present himself for initiation within one. year from such acceptance, shall forfeit all 
right by reason of such acceptance, and shall not be initiated except on a new petition : 
but any time, if more than three months, such person is temporarily absent from the 
State, shall be deducted. 

3. No Lodge shall be moved more than one-half mile from that part of the town or 
city where it is now located, or where it ma} r be located at the time it is chartered, 
without the consent of this Grand Lodge. 

The Annual Communication for 1869 was held in the city of Portland, commencing 
May 4. The same Grand Officers presiding, and representatives present from one 
hundred and thirty-one Lodges. 

The Address of Grand Master Murray is a model of its kind ; brief, well written, 
and to the point. While congratulating the Fraternity on the general prosperity of 
the year, he notices the death of two Past Grand Masters. Bros. Fes-enden and True, 
and pays a just and feeling tribute to their memory and|worth. 

He apologizes for having been, to use his own words, " a very inefficient officer'' 
during the year. This excuse is well expressed, and he hopes that " if in many cases 
he has left undone those things which he ought to have done, the instances will be 
few in which he will be found to have done those things which he ought not to have 
done." It strikes us that that is about all that the best of us can say with truth. 

Two new Lodges had been constituted during the year, and petitions for two 
others had been refused. Lodges of Instruction had been held at three localities. 
Seeing mention made of these " Lodges of Instruction '* held in many jurisdictions, 
sometimes under the direction of the Grand Lecturer or his deputies, and sometimes 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 63 

by the Grand Master or his deputies, with highly commendatory notices of their good 
effects in the establishment and preservation of " uniformity of work," it strikes us 
that something of the kind would be desirable in our own jurisdiction. We throw 
out the suggestion for the consideration of those more particularly interested in this 

As another year would bring on the jubilee of the Grand Lodge, that is the fiftieth 
anniversary of its establishment in Maine, the Grand Master suggests that " it would 
be well to mark the epoch by some Masonic recognition." In conclusion, he announc- 
es his fixed determination to retire from the high office he had held for several years. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge for the year were $6,297 01, and the expenditures 
$5,538 52. The number of working Lodges in this jurisdiction is one hundred and 
forty-eight, with a membership of 14,120, being an increase of 1,120 during the year. 

On the subject of " honorary members of the Grand Lodge," these amendments 
to the Constitution were offered, and lay over for a year : — 

The Grand Lodge may elect honorary members of the Grand Lodge from among 
those brethren, who, in the opinion of the Grand Lodge, have rendered Masonry 
efficient service, with all the rights of active members ; Provided, There shall not be , 
more than seven at any time ; and Provided, The name shall be proposed on the first 
day of the session in open Grand Lodge, and at least one day before the vote is taken 
by the secret ballot, and two-thirds of the votes cast shall be necessary to a choice. 
But no permanent member of this Grand Lodge shall have a right to act in it while 
he is a resident beyond the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge. 

We notice, but candor compels us to to say, not with full approbation, these pro- 
ceedings. Axommunication was received from " Forbestown Lodge, California, re- 
questing to be reimbursed for aid afforded to Bro. , formerly a member of 

Hiram Abiff Lodge (Maine,) who, while at work in a mill at Forbestown, met with an 
accident which caused his death. The Lodge paid for him during his illness $125, and 
request the Grand Lodge to refund this amount, and to pay the surgeon's bill." The 
committee to whom this was referred, made a report thereon, which was adopted by 
the Grand Lodge, the material feature of which is as follows :— 

As we are in the practice of assisting the sojourning brother who calls on us, 
whether he is sick or in need, and consider it to be our duty to aid him as he may 
need, we do not deem it to be our duty to refund money paid for the relief of a brother 
who is in misfortune, away from us, and especially as we have no knowledge whether 
he is in good standing among Masons or not. We have never called on any Masonic 
body to remunerate us for expenses incurred in taking care of sojourning brethren, 
nor do we understand that it is the practice of Lodges in other jurisdictions. 

Our only comment is, that we should neither take such action nor write such re- 
ports in California, and we are sorry that our Maine brethren take such a narrow view 
of Masonic obligations and Masonic charity. If the brother assisted was not in good 
Masonic standing, that fact was easily ascertainable by the .Maine Grand Lodge, and 
the refusal in that case, as it strikes us, should be placed on that ground. But the 
alleged fact is only insinuated and not stated, and that as we view it is hardly " on 
the square." 

The Report on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. J. H. Drummond, whose 
labors in that line are so well done, and highly appreciated, that the Grand Masters 
do well to keep him perpetually in that office. This report occupies eighty pages of 
the proceedings, is an able, well written, and thorough digest of the proceedings of 
nearly every Grand Lodge in America and foreign parts. California for 1868 comes 
in for its full share of kindly and generally favorable notice. Bro. Drummond ap- 
proves of the report of the Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, as to the member- 
ship of a Master Mason, without reference to the particular Lodge-room in which he 
may have taken the third degree, remarking that it is " a correct statement of the 
law, and as authority upon a point once discussed in this jurisdiction." 

But he faults the report of the same committee and its approval by the Grand 
Lodge, that " no Mason committing suicide can be buried with Masonic honors," be- 
cause no exception is made in cases of insanity. The argument of our brother in 

64 Proceedings of the . [Oct. 13, 

favor of his view is weighty, and was as strongly presented in our Grand Lodge 
by some of the oldest and best members. But the decision, though not unanimous, 
was emphatic. As we voted and argued in favor of the report of the committee, it 
ii proper to state that it was by no means intended to fix a stigma on the memory or 
family of an unfortunate suicide, whether insanity was or was not the cause of the 
act. But as facts were brought to light, showing what a disturbing element the fre- 
quent discussions and decisions of this vexed question were in the several Lodges, it 
was thought best to make an iron rule, so that neither Masons nor the friends would 
ask for a Masonic burial with all the funeral honors, thus declaring, almost with 
mockery, that " the will of God was accomplished, and so mote it be." It was 
thought thdt Masons, as men and as sympathizers, could show all needed attention 
to such cases, both at the grave and elsewhere, without the enactment of that 
mockery. We think the arguments of the committee on this subject were not only 
cogent but unanswerable, and we are glad that our Grand Lodge took the decided 
position it did. 

Bro. Drumaiond takes kindly notice of our primary effort in this line, for which 
we thank him—" Praise from Sir Hubert," etc., etc. We accept the correction of 
our mistake about the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, and have adopted the same 
in our notice of that jurisdiction in the present report. 

Upon the recommendation of this committee, the Grand Lodge adopted resolu- 
tions earnestly protesting against the action of the Grand Orient of France, as com- 
plained of by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and also this, '• that the Grand Orient of 
France is fraternally besought to reconsider and rescind its action in $his matter, in- 
asmuch as this Graud Lodge must hold that Masons who recognize clandestine Ma- 
sons are clandestine themselves," and it was ordered that these resolutions be sent 
to the Grand Orient, under the seal of the Grand Lodge. 

The M. m . W.\ John H. Lynde, of Bangor, was elected Grand Master, and the 
E.'.W.'. Ira Berry was reelected Grand Secretary. 

We find no record or abstract of Masonic Decisions. 


Our brethren in this State cannot justly be accused of a waste of printers' ink, so 
far as the record of their Grand Lodge is concerned, nor can we say much more for 
the quality than for the quantity before us. The proceedings of the Semi-annual 
Communication held in Baltimore, May 11th and 12th, 1868 , with those of some half 
a dozen sessions of the " Grand Stewards' Lodge," a sort of labor-saving machine, 
are ail comprised within the cover of a very inferiorly printed pamphlet of fifty-two 
pages. The 3L\ W.'. John Coates presided as Grand Master and the R.\ W.\ Jacob 
EL Msdairy was Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from fifty-six of 
the sixty-one existing Lodges in the jurisdiction. 

The Address of the Grand Master occupies but two pages. From it we learn 
that the " New Masonic Temple" is hastening to completion ; that he had granted 
dispensations for the formation of four new Lodges ; and that several Lodges are 
deserving of censure for still applying to the State for acts of incorporation. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge had been $4,767 77, and the expenditures 
$3,913 78. 

There is no report from the Committee on Correspondence. The number of Master 
Masons in the jurisdiction is given as four thousand six hundred and nine. 

We have also received the proceedings of the Annual Communication held Xovem. 
ber 16-13, 1853, with those of seven sessions of the Grand Stewards' Lodge. The 
same Grand Officers presided, and representatives were present from fifty-eight 
chartered Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is certainly a model for brevity, scarcely occu- 
pying two pages of printed matter. The new " Temple," which had been for some 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California^. 65 

time in process of erection, was near its completion, and the Grand Master says that 
the Building Committee " will hand to the Grand Lodge of Maryland this magnifi- 
cent Temple, finished and complete in all its parts, to be dedicated to Masonry, 
virtue, and universal benevolence." He also states that within the jurisdiction they 
" are at peace among themselves, and a gradual healthy increase had marked the 
history of the past six months." Dispensations had been granted to open four new 

An eminent brother, Samuel Pickering, recently deceased, had bequeathed 
$25,000 to the Grand Lodge, on condition that his lot in Greenmount Cemetery should 
always be kept in good order. The trust was accepted, and it is probably all right, 
but it strikes us that the brother could have appropriated at least a part of this sum 
to more benevolent and Masonic purposes. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $3,773 61, and the expenditures $5,199 29 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. Wm. J. Wroth, and is 
a well-written and able document of some one hundred and forty pages. The proceed- 
ings of forty one Grand Lodges are reviewed ; our own for 1867 among the number. 
The address of Grand Master Claiborne is complimented as being " truly able and 
interesting," and liberal extracts are made therefrom. Of the report of Bro. Owen 
on Correspondence, Bro. Wroth says that " it is certainly not inferior in quality or 
ability to those reports which have given character and reputation to the volumes ' 
emanating from the Grand Lodge of California." We concur ! 

The " Masonic Board of Relief" is highly complimented for its noble work, and 
its appeal. to the Grand Lodge, or rather to the subordinate Lodges, is spoken of as 
just and proper. We hope the refusal to adopt the resolutions there offered will not 
be deemed by our Maryland brethren as an evidence that the Fraternity in this juris- 
diction are lacking in the essential elements of Masonic charity. The obstacles, when 
the matter came up for final action in the Grand Lodge, were so great and seemingly 
insurmountable, that the San Francisco brethren did not press their particular pro- 
position of the previous year. Yet all would rejoice if their treasury was always 
full, and we hope that in some judicious and equitable manner, these burdens, now 
unduly thrown upon our brethren of the commercial metropolis, may be made more 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

We have also received the proceedings of several ' ■ Grand Stewards' Lodges," and 
of the Semi-annual Communication of the Grand Lodge held in Baltimore, May 10th 
anl 11th, 1839. The B.-.W. . Francis Burns, Deputy Grand Master, presided, and the 
B.\ W.-. Jacob H. Medairy was Grand Secretary. Representatives were present 
from sixty-one Lodges. 

Grand Master Coates, detained by illness, sent in a short address, which was 
almost entirely devoted to the subject of the new Temple, the capital stock of which 
was increased to $300,000. 

The number of Lodges is given as seventy-one, with a membership of four thou- 
sand seven hundred and ninety-one. 


If we venture^ to find fault with the typographical execution of the pamphlet 
of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, we certainly cannot do so with 
that of the goodly sized pamphlet of two hundred pages now before us, sent with 
the compliments of our brethren in the old Bay State. For if it had been the inten- 
tion of our friends at the " Hub " to give the world a specimen of what the " art pre- 
servative " is capable of turning out, in clearness of type, whiteness of paper, beauty 
and style of execution, etc., etc., we do not see how that before us could be excelled 
in any one or all of these particulars. It is a pleasure to our somewhat critical eye 


66 # Proceedings of the [Oct, 13, 

to look on such well executed work. But will our Boston friends, after this hearty 
puff, permit us to indicate one slight fault ? As a record of what our brethren of the 
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts did at their sessions, or had achieved during the year, 
the pamphlet before us is very defective. A little less art and a little more definite- 
ness and fulness, Brother Grand Secretary, in the future, if you please, and thus much 
oblige your humble servants, the Committee on Correspondence, in their search for 
the plums scattered throughout the mammoth puddings submitted for their inspection 
and digestion. 

We find in this pamphlet brief minutes, or rather abstracts, of the proceed- 
ings of three Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge, held in Boston, March 
11, June 10, and September 9, 1868, respectively; but nothing in these demanding 
special notice. 

The one hundred and thirty-fifth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of 
Massachusetts, the Mother Grand Lodge of the United States, was held in the city of 
Boston, December 9, 1868, the 31.'. W.\ Charles C. Dame presiding as Grand Master, 
and the E.'. W.'. Solon Thornton being Grand Secretary. Representatives were 
present from one hundred and thirty-four chartered Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is of fair length, and is a well written, business- 
like document. He alludes feelingly to the death of several Past Grand Masters 
during the year. He had granted dispensations for the formation of four new Lodges. 
As an evidence of the prosperity of the Fraternity, he states the fact that 2.174 had 
been initiated during the year. The whole number of chartered Lodges in the juris- 
diction is one hundred and seventy-two, and the membership 18,367. 

After electing Wm. Sew all Gardner Grand Master, and reelecting the Grand Sec- 
retary, the Communication was closed. 

On the 29th of December a Stated Communication was held for the installation of 
Grand Officers, and the new Grand Master delivered quite an elaborate address, much 
of which is taken up with the discussion of the relation of the Grand Lodge and the 
Fraternity to the new Masonic Temple, and its financial condition, which last, as 
nearly as we can gather from the somewhat blind allusions thereto, is rather an 
inconvenient' 4 elephant " to manage, if not an absolute disturbance of the peace of 
many of the Lodges. 

And this is about all that we can gather from the pamphlet before us of the transac 
tions of the Grand Lodge. There are, indeed, elaborate reports from the several Dis- 
trict Deputy Grand Masters, giving evidence that each had been faithful in the at- 
tendance upon the work committed to him. Bat as all therein contained is of local 
interest, merely, we make no extracts. 

There is no Report from the Committee on Correspondence, nor any allusion to de- 
cisions made either by the Grand Master or Grand Lodge. These '^ns of omis- 
sion" must be our apology for this meagre notice of the proceedings m this vener- 
able Grand Lodge. 


The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Michi was held in Detroit, 
January 13th, 1869— the M.\ W.\ S. C. Coffinbury presiding as Grand Master, and 
the E.'. W.\ James Fenton being Grand Secretary. Representatives were present 
from two hundred and twenty Lodges, from which fact it may reasonably be gath- 
ered that the Fraternity is in a prosperous condition in the Peninsular State. 

The Address of the Grand Master is of great length, occupying some twenty-five 
pages of the printed pamphlet. But still, its interest justifies the appropriation of 
even that seemingly undue amount of space. Were not the copy before oa marked 
with those always unwelcome words, " No Duplicate," we should use our scissors 
quite liberally in quotations therefrom. When will all Grand Secretaries remember 
and send at least two copies of their proceedings to our Grand Secretary ? 
Here are a few words well worthy of being copied : — 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 67 

Our relations with sister Grand Jurisdictions are most harmonious and pleasant. 
The sentiments of fraternal regard for our brethren of the Southern jurisdictions 
which have pervaded our proceedings and intercourse with them, have been received 
by them in the spirit of amity, and most cordially responded to by their Grand 
Lodges. I can not but believe that this element of peace and good will which our 
Institution diffuses, has had more to do in modifying and tempering Northern hatred, 
and in suppressing Southern distrust, than any other cause. May it continue its 
efforts to perfect harmony and mutual respect and confidence. 

Twelve dispensations had been issued for the formation of new Lodges, and five 
for action •• under emergent circumstances." 

We find in this address a somewhat curious correspondence. A certain disgusted 
brother writes to his Lodge, thanking it for all former favors, but asking its permis- 
sion to withdraw entirely from its membership and from the Fraternity, pledging his 
honor that he would " never make himself known as a Mason, by sign, token, or 
word, or receive any of the rights or benefits of Masonry hereafter." The Lodge 
referred the application to the Grand Master, whose decision was as follows: — 

Such a withdrawal as our brother proposes is incompatible with the spirit of Ma- 
sonry, and inconsistent with its duties. He can not, by his withdrawal, impair our 
obligations to him, nor absolve us from our obligations and duties to his family. 
His pledge of honor is worthless. One who has taken the solemn Masonic myste- 
ries, and openly declares that he does not feel himself bound by them, certainly will 
not entertain any higher respect for his obligations of honor. Your Lodge can not 
accept such withdrawal, neither can it discharge a brother from his Masonic obli- 
gations and duties. A Lodge can not ignore its obligations to a brother, nor can it 
discharge itself or its members from them, except by trial for unmasonic conduct, 
and a sentence of suspension or expulsion from all the rights and benefits of Masonry 
upon conviction. I recommend to your Lodge to prefer charges of unmasonic con- 
duct against the brother, for declaring that he can not indorse the institution of 
Masonry, and that he does not feel himself bound by its obligations. A brother who 
does not acknowledge the force of these obligations ought to be expelled from the 

This is probably all correct and in accordance with Masonic law and usage. But we 
confess that had we had the dealing with this weak brother, we should have been 
strongly inclined to stretch a point, and have allowed him to creep out at the back door 
instead of kicking him from the front. He evidently has been inoculated with the 
virus of those half-crazed beldames who have recently honored Pittsburgh and 
Chicago with their presence. We hate to see such " small potatoe " material exalted 
to the dignity of a martyr. Oar decision would havebeen that of Uncle Toby upon the 
troublesome fly. 

The Grand Master strongly recommends the erection of a grand Temple, one that 
shall be worthy of the Order in that State. He also speaks a good word for the " De- 
troit Masonic Relief Association," a species of life insurance, and thinks that such lik3 
institutions would be of incalculable benefit everywhere. 

Having discharged the duties of his important office for three years, the Grand 
Master peremptorily declined a reelection. The Grand Lodge passed suitable resolu • 
tions in acknowledgment of his valuable services. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $16,849 88, and the expenditures $6,966 16 
We suppose the Fraternity know what they intend to do with this large balance, but 
the proceedings fail to tell, so far as we can see. 

A committee appointed for that purpose, submitted a report recommending the 
erection of a Masonic Temple, to cost, including site, $200,000, the issue of stock scrip 
for that purpose, and a tax of $1 per year on each member of a Lodge, for five years, 
to pay interest and redeem the scrip. The consideration of the report was deferred 
until the next Annual Communication. 

The Committee on Masonic Laws reported in the case of a brother Fellow Craft, 
who, after being passed, had received a severe injury, which necessitated the ampu 
tation of the left leg below the knee, that, deplorable as was the case, the injury, or 
rather the maiming, was fatal to his farther advancement, and the Graud Lodge 
adopted this resolution submitted by the committee :— 

68 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Resolved, That any physical injury or imperfection which would render the con- 
ferring of any of the degrees upon a candidate or brother desiring advancement, as 
required by the work or ritual, either impossible, imperfect, or incomplete, is an in- 
superable objection to further progress, until such injury or imperfection be cured 
or removed. And in case of loss of hand or foot, such defect is irremediable. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by the Grand Secretary, and 
occupies but thirty pages of rhe proceedings, although the acts of thirty-seven Grand 
Lodges are passed in review. Brief but kindly notice is taken of our proceedings 
for 1867. 

There are two hundred and forty-nine Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of 18,016. 

The M.\ W.'. A. T. Metcalf, of Kalamazoo, was elected Grand Master, and the 
R.\ W.\ James Fenton was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The Sixteenth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota was held 
in the city of St Paul, commencing January 12, 1869— the M.-.Wr. C. W. Xash pre. 
siding as Grand Master, and the R.'.W.-. William S. Combs being Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from sixty-one Lodges. 

We find first in these proceedings, a most excellent address from the Grand 
Chaplain, the Rev. Bro. S. Y. McMastzks, and though this our report is stretching 
its length out, most unconscionably, and we sometimes fear tediously, we cannot 
forego the pleasure of clipping the following paragraphs, in the hope that all Ma- 
sons will "read, mark, and inwardly digest them." 

But here, unbidden, arises the question, What is the moral standard of Masonry? 
So far as religion is concerned, doubtless a Jew may embrace it as well as a Christ- 
ian. She barelv takes the ground that God has revealed himself and his Law to man. 
Neither the Atheist, nor the Deist, can enter her Lodges. Every <rood Mason knows 
"In whom he puts his trust, and well knows all of the three great lights of Masonry," 
on which he first opened his eyes ; and he who forgets them is no more a true Mason. 
But beyond the great idea of God as revealed in the Old Testament Scriptures. Ma- 
sonry has no religious test. She is, in respect of theology, and ethics, and symbol- 
ism, of Jewish origin; and she bears her parantage unmisrakab'y on her face. But 
her moral standard is Christian, as well as Jewish. Profanity she can never tolerate. 
Turning to the east, she points to a mystic letter, and that letter suggests a name, 
and that name is nameless, save in devotion; and at that name, every Mason, from 
the youngest entered aprentice in the northeast, to the oldest master of the Lodge, 
must reverently bow. Falsehood, in any relation in life, she abhors.' Xo one attri- 
bute lies more essentially at the foundation of the Masonic character than truth. — 
truth, such as, in one instance, at least, was faithful unto death. The tongne of t ie 
slanderer, or defamer of character, she would consign to the rough sands of the sea, 
where the tide ebbs and flows forever. Justice, — inflexible justice. — she holds 
among the cardinal virtues ; and the Mason who can knowingly or wilfully defraud a 
brother of a single cent is justly liable to all the pains and penalties of his degree. 
Industry is taught in all her lessons. The hive stands prominent among her sym- 
bols; and there are no drones in the hive of true Masonry. Obedience to law is 
taught, and dramatized, in every communication ; and hence, rebellion and treason, 
and every sort of lawless conduct, must ever bear her heaviest anathema. The 
character and virtue of a brother's wife, mother, daughter or sister, must be, before 
every true Mason, as the apple of his eye, nor must he fail to do them service, when 
in his power. Shall I say that the habit of devotion and prayer to God, is an ele 
ment o! the Masonic character? Let no one be offended. Where was our first mar- 
tyr Grand Master waylaid by his foes? Was it not well known that thither he al 
ways retired, habitually, at a certain hour, to offer his devotions to the God whom he 
served? And there is in every Lodge an altar; but too often I fear, it might b 
asked, " Where is the sacrifice ? r ' 

The greatest danger now to be apprehended to Masonry is her too promiscnotu 
acceptance of applicants for Masonic honors ; not that I would have it a select ai is 
tocracy ; for the laborers of Tyre and Palestine sat in the same Lodges with kings 
and nobles ; and some of us have heard that the first Christian emperor would never 
rest contended until, as a Mason, his lowliest subject had claimed to be his " Equal." 
But I would look well to the outer door,— to the moral capabilities of every candi 
date. The church does hope, if she ever chance to receive a bad man into her fold. 
by the influence of the Gospel, to reform him, and make him, in process of time, an 


1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 69 

humble Christian. But Masonry claims not to be able to work this change. If she re- 
ceives a bad man, he is likely to continue bad, to her shame and annoyance ; and 
there is little hope but in expulsion. I am sure that, practically, our Masonic morals 
are not as carefully guarded as they should be. I am sorry to have to say that there 
are active and prominent Masons,— well known as such, — whose moral deportment 
would not bear the application of the plumb line, or the square. This, I grant, is no 
argument against the essential principles of the Order ; for there are bad men even 
in the church of Christ ; but they will be remarked upon ; and our long processions, 
and gaudy rituals, and broad phylacteries, and splendid regalia can never divert at- 
tention from the notoriously bad men who are known to be in good standing among 
us. Many a man has learned to lisp the shibboleth of the Craft, and been known as a 
•• Bright Mason," in whose bosom the true Masonic Heart never throbbed. So long 
as the widows of Masons wring scanty bread from the cold hand of the world's 
charity, or their ill-fed and uneducated children run friendless in our streets, the 
common sense of humanity will ask, Where is the virtue of Masonry? The popular 
sentiment of the outside world will take the ragged and unprotected little child of 
our departed brother, and setting it in the midst of a popular assembly, will say, 
" Of such is the family of Masonic charity ! " 

Let us have the Masonic character and real Masonic work, rather than costly 
temples, or splendid equipage. Better have our Lodge in the mountains, the clouds 
for our canopy, the roar of waterfalls for our music, and the stars for our sentinels, 
and have the true work of Masonry going on, in love, and peace and active charity, 
than meet in houses of cedar or palaces of marble, amid all the appliances of wealth, 
and come out with the consciousness of having done no good to any one. 

The Address of Grand Master Nash is mainly devoted to the recapitulation of his 
work during the year. He had granted dispensations to open seven new Lodges, and 
renewed those for three others. Much of the address is devoted to the subject of the 
work and lectures, and the measures adopted by himself and deputies to secure the 
genuine " Webb " work, the '• apostolical succession " of which is given as follows : — 

I have made it a study to examine and closely investigate this work, and as far as 
in my power to obtain its history, origin, and authenticity ; and from all the light and 
information that I can obtain from experienced and eminent Masons, I am fully satis- 
fied that it is the genuine ancient work. 

My conclusions are as follows : That this work is that which Bro. Wilson received 
from Bro. Barney in 1817 — Barney from Webb in 1815 — Webb from Preston about 
179.)— Preston from his predecessors about 1775. 

There are seventy-eight Lodges in the jurisdiction, with a membership of 5,000. 

Feeling notice is taken of the death of Past Grand Master Moses Sherburne, who 
had long been one of the most eminent jurists as well as Masons in the State. 

As we have suggested the propriety of holding " Schools for Instruction" here, be- 
lieving they might do as much good in California as they have done elsewhere, we 
copy from this pamphlet the order of topics to be considered in said schools. We 
certainly know of some Lodges and officers in this jurisdiction, who, to say the least 
would not be injured by a little drilling on these points : — 

The following order of business, at such schools of instruction, could be followed, 
and might be adopted by the Deputies in the dissemination of the work in the Lodges : 

1st. The manner of examining a visitor. 

2d. The manner of opening a Lodge on some one Degree. 

3d. The rehearsal of the three Altar charges. 

4th. The exemplification of the Winding Stairs. 

5th. The rehearsal of the Funeral Oration. 

6th. Miscellaneous business. 

7th. The manner of calling off and calling on a Lodge in any one degree. 

8th. The exemplification of the " Work and Lectures " of any one Degree. 

9th. The manner of closing a Lodge on some one Degree. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge for the year were $6,932 60, and the expenditures 
$6,247 30. 

Non-affiliated Masons are hereafter to receive'this treatment in Minnesota : — 

Resolved, That all non-affiliated Masons who are permanent residents within this 
jurisdiction, be notified by the oldest Lodge within whose jurisdiction they reside, to 
apply for membership in some Lodge within one month after such notice shall be 
given, and any non-affiliated Mason who does not make such application after such 
notice, shall be deemed guilty of unmasonic conduct, and shall be liable to suspen- 
sion ; and it is hereby made the duty of the oldest Lodge having jurisdiction where 

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such Don-affiliated Mason resides, to prefer charges against such Mason, and try him 
ichunmasonic condnct; and that the Worshipful Master of the Lodge having 
jurisdiction, be required to enforce this resolution. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. A. T. C. 
PlBRSON, who [g evidently well qualified to use both pen and scissors discreetly, and 
to the edification of his readers. He reviews the proceedings of thirty-six Grand 
ilifoniiafor 1867 being one,) in a report, filling some sixty pages of the 
pamphlet before US. He quotes from and approves the address of Grand Master 
Claiborne, and particularly his decision that a Mason should be able to read and 
write. HV also particularly approves of the Report of the Committee on Grievances 
in the slander cases, remarking that the conclusions of the committee were based on 
the rules of old fashioned Masonry." Favorable memtion is also made of Bro. Owen's 
Report, and the Oration of Bro. Buckbee. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 
Abstract of Decisions. 

1. If an applicant reside out of the jurisdiction of the Lodge in which his petition 
is offered, and this fact is afterwards ascertained, what action should be taken with 
the petition ? 

Ans. The petition should be dismissed as soon as this fact is made known. It is 
not necessary to have a ballot. 

2. Can a Master of a Lodge dimit during his term of office ? 
Ans. No. 

3. The ballot is passed on the petition of a candidate, and he is elected. At a sub- 
sequent meeting objection is made by a member of the Lodge to the initiation of the 
candidate. Can the Worshipful Master initiate him ? 

Ans. The power is in the Worshipful Master. He must take the responsibility. If 
he initiate the candidate he can be dealt with if he do wrong. As a rule a Master 
should refuse to initiate if any member objects to the candidate. 

4. Can a Lodge be lawfully opened and work done in the absence of the Master 
and Wardens, and all Past Masters? 

Ans. No. A Lodge opened in the absence of the Master and both Wardens, and 
all Past Masters, would be unlawful, and all work would be illegal and void. 

5. Can an officer resign after he has been installed ? 

Ans. No. After an officer has been duly elected and installed, he cannot resign, 
but holds his office till his successor has been elected and installed. 

6. Can a non-affiliated Mason receive Masonic burial ? 

Ans. He cannot. Our Grand Lodge Constitution declares, any Mason wiio does 
not contribute to the funds or belong to some Lodge shall not be entitled to join in 
processions — to receive assistance or Masonic burial. 


The fiftieth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi was held 
at Natchez, January 20-23, 1868 — the Ms. W.*. John T. Lamkin presiding as Grand 
Master, and the J2.\ W.\ D. P. Porter being Grand Secretary. One hundred and 
thirty-two Lodges were represented. , 

The Address of the Grand Master was brief, and taken up with matters of special 
interest to the jurisdiction. He alludes to the interesting fact that this was their 
semi-centennial anniversary ; and though more than three hundred Lodges had 
been called into existence since the first assembling, the three original constituents 
of the first Grand Lodge were still alive, and each in a flourishing condition. 

Dispensations had been issued for the formation often new Lodges. 

The Receipts for the year were $13,384 32, and the expenditures $12,978 53. 

In order to attain greater uniformity and correctness in the work and ritual, the 
Grand Lodge elected a Grand Lecturer, requiring of him the minute and thorough 
instruction of the District Deputy Grand Masters, who are to receive and impart such 
instruction and work, and no other. 

An Oration appropriate to the jubilee of the Grand Lodge was delivered by Past 
Grand Master Giles M. Hillyer. The Grand Lodge were so well pleased 
that they resolved to publish the same. 

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There is no report from the Committee on Correspondence. 

The number of Lodges in the jurisdiction making returns is two hundred and thir- 
teen, with a membership of 8,378. There had been eight hundred and eighty-two 
nitiated, seven hundred and sixty-one passed, and seven hundred and fifty raised 
during the year. 

The M.\ W .'. Thomas S. Gathright was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.' . 
D. P. Porter was reelected Grand Secretary . 


1. A Lodge may entertain charges against a suspended Mason, in cases where ex- 
pulsion would be the probable result of conviction. If the Lodge refuse to expel, then 
the sentence under which he is then laboring remains in full force as before the trial. 

2. A Mason cannot hold membership in two Lodges at the same time. (The Grand 
Master had decided otherwise, but the Grand Lodge overruled his decision.) 

3. Lodges have the power of fixing the amount of contributions from members for 
Lodge dues, and may change the amount of dues to any sum they may deem expedient 
for raising funds for Masonic purposes. 

4. The Grand Master has power to set aside an informal or illegal election, and at 
his discretion, may or may not order an election to fill the vacancy. If no new elec- 
tion is held, the former officer will hold over until his successor is elected and in- 

5. Where a Lodge grants a dimit to a member, his connection with that Lodge is 
severed from that date. He can regain his membership therein only by a petition and 
unanimous ballot. 

The proceedings of the fifty-first Annual Communication have also been placed 
in our hands. It was held at Jackson, January 18, &c, 1869, — the 31.' . W.\ Thomas 
S. Gathright being Grand Master, and the R. m . W.\ D. P. Porter, Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from one hundred and ninety-two subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is of reasonable length, and is a well-written 
paper. The wail of sorrow with which it opens touches a chord in every true Ma- 
son's heart, and we feel like " weeping with them that weep." We copy this brief 
paragraph only, on that point : — 

Into the twelve months that have passed away since we last met in Grand Annual 
Communication, there has been crowded as much of bitter disappointment and sor- 
row, suspense and anxiety, as has filled the measure of any other period of equal 
extent in the annals of this Grand Lodge. Our people have been chastened ; and 
but for the promise made specially to them, the lengthened shadows of coming 
events, now falling around them, would inspire anything but hope. Our brethren 
constitute the great body of the intelligent citizenship in the Commonwealth, and 
when we say our people are chastised, we may listen for the cry of Masons in dis- 
tress. The war draped all our door-posts in mourning, and planted weeds upon our 
hearthstones. The losses in property, resulting from the war, impoverished our 
land. With an energy, isolated and peculiar to our race, our brethren, oppressed 
by past results, but hopeful for the future, began to struggle for a competency. 
During the past year, many of them reached the crisis of their pecuniary obliga- 
tions, to find the proceeds of a years labor inadequate to give relief. Many of our 
most beloved and distinguished brethren have staggered under their burdens, 
are stooping to receive more, while others have shaken off the debris of former 
prosperity, and girded themselves for a new career. Brethren, it is a time to trust 
in God." 

We can only wish our brethren in the south-west brighter skies and happier days 
in the future, even such as shall cause those sad days, of which the Grand Master 
• speaks, to be no more remembered for joy. 

Dispensations had been issued during the year for the establishment of thirteen 
new Lodges ; and favorable notice is made of the " Orphans' Home," where nearly 
two hundred " little homeless children are furnished with a home and school, and 
with food and clothing." 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $9,268 70, and the expenditures $9,532 76, 
showing a little balance on the wrong side. 

The Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence publish at length their correspondence 
with inquiring Masons and Lodges, and their answers and decisions on points sub- 

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mitted to them. The letters are very fair specimens of the epistolary art, but we 

think the use of a patent condenser would have worked no injury. We shall try to 
akin some of the oream from this large pan of milk, in our abstract of decisions. 

Tli.' Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. Charles T. Mcrphy. 
The proceedings of thirty-one Grand Lodges are ably and thoroughly reviewed. 
of California seem not to have come to hand. 

There are two hundred and fifty-five Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of 12,308. There had been seven hundred and fourteen initiations during the 

'/.-. IT.-. Thomas S. Gathright was reelected Grand Master, and the .jE.\ IT.-. 
J. L. POWEB was elected Grand Secretary. 

Abstract of Decisions: 

1. Taking the benefit of the bankrupt act is not of itself a Masonic crime. If, 
however, a brother obtained credit by pledging his faith as a Master Mason, or proof 
is submitted that goods were bought with an intent to defraud, the case would be 
different The decision only goes to this extent : that a man becoming a Mason, 

- not lose or forfeit any legal right or privilege accorded to any other class of 

2. A subordinate Lodge can not levy a tax upon an unwilling member, except 
the ordinary annual dues. 

3. The unfavorable report of an investigating committee does not of itself reject 
the applicant. The ballot must be spread. 

4. If a Lodge elects as Worshipful Master a brother who has never served as 
Warden, the Grand Master may, by special edict, declare such election lawful, pro- 
vided all Past Wardens decline to serve. 

5. If a Worshipful Master discovers that a brother entirely incompetent has been 
installed into an office, he may suspend the functions of such officer, and rill the 
place or station by apro tern, appointment. 

6. No brother can be installed into office if there be charges pending against 


The forty-eigth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri was held 
in St. Louis, October 17, etc., 1868, — the M:.W.\ ^YM. E. Dunscomb presiding as 
Grand Master, and the E. .W. m . George Prank Gouley being Grand Secretary. Rep- 
resentatives were present from one hundred and forty-six Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a model of its kind, both in matter and man- 
ner, and when we come across such a document in these our journeyings through the 
wilderne-s of many reports, the temptation to copy long, because able and interest- 
ing extracts, is often too great, we fear, for the patience of our readers. But they 
must bear with us occasionally and at this time in particular. 

He congratulates the Grand Lodge on the encouraging prospects of the Fratern- 
ity in Missouri, both in the present and for the future. As an evidence of rapid 
growth, he mentions the fact that since the last Annual Communication, dispensa- 
tions had been granted for the opening of forty-two new Lodges. Some of these, 
however, he remarks, were " to supply places of those once in existence, but which 
in common with so much else that was noble and beautiful in our land, were de- 
stroyed in the fierce conflict of arms. Thus does Freemasonry seek not only to soft- 
en the passions which war enkindled, but also to heal the wounds and hide the 
scars it leaves behind.' 7 

He recommends the appointment of a Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, as 
a permanent body, to whom all decisions of the Grand Master during the vacation 
(and they keep that officer busy in Missouri, as well as elsewhere) may be submitted. 
The Grand Lodge concurred, and we doubt not, that subsequent experience will 
attest that the movement was a desirable one. That is our theory, but so fi 
passing upon the Grand Master's decisions in vacation, or doing any other work dur- 
ing the recess, we remark that we have nothing, as yet, but the theory. The coi 
quence is that our Committees on Masonic Jurisprudence, as well as on Grievances, 
have a busy time of it, during the actual sessions of the Grand Lodge. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 73 

The concluding remarks of the Grand Master are so beautiful and appropriate 
that we make no apology for giving them in full : — 

Having thus given, briefly, a history of my official acts and decisions, allow me, 
before concluding this annual address, to bring two other topics to your attention, 
and, through you, to the attention of the brethren throughout our jurisdiction. Our 
country is now passing through one of the most terrible ordeals to which a nation 
can be subjected. But just escaped from the terrible devastations, and the still 
more terrible passions engendered by civil strife, it is even now distracted by party 
hate and violence to an extent not dreamed of in the former years of peace. Under 
the maddening influence of political excitement, old enmities, which ought long ago 
to have been buried, are revived, aud new ones called into existence. Brethren, 
with these things we, as Masons, have nothing to do; and it is our duty, within 
our Lodges and among the members of the Fraternity, to keep aloof from all such 
dissensions. It is but reasonable to suppose that there will be differences of opinion 
among us on these exciting topics; yet these differences must not be allowed to 
interfere with the high and holy obligations which we have taken upon ourselves. 
To become Masons, we did not surrender our 'principles, either social, political or 
religious; yet to be Masons, "in deed and in truth," we must follow the sublime 
teachings of that Book we are all taught to revere, and " love as brethren, be pitiful, 
be courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but, contrariwise, 
blessing, knowing that we are hereunto called that we may inherit a blessing." That 
blessing we have inherited through all the past ages; and while empires and nations 
have risen and fallen, while wars have desolated the earth, while Churches have 
been rent asunder, our Order has kept the even tenor of its way, because it banished 
from its sacred precincts the hatred and bitterness of partisan strife. It was the 
glory of Masonry during the late unhappy war that it robbed numberless battle- 
fields of some of their most repulsive features ; and many a soldier and many a pris- 
oner was made glad by the kindness of those with whom he had just been engaged 
in the deadly strife, but to whom he was still united by the mystic tie, which sword 
and cannon could not break ; many a distant home was cheered in the midst of its 
deep agonies, by the fact that the loved one in his last hours was cared for and his 
body decently buried by those who knew and felt the sacred ties of brotherhood. 
Let not this high glory be tarnished, now that the conflict in the field has ceased and 
another has begun in the walks of social and political life. The motto upon our 
seal tells the secret of our Order's success and the true spirit of Masonic Institutions 
— " Union and Brotherly Love." In the late meeting of distinguished Masons in this 
city, in the friendly intercourse then enjoyed and the kind offices then interchanged, 
our Institution has demonstrated to all that men from every part of our common 
country, and perhaps of every shade of sentiment, could meet and "love as breth- 
ren," could give and receive the noble charities of noble souls. Let the same spirit 
animate every Mason ; and, as in the past, so in the future, " storms may not wreck 
nor seas devour " the time-honored institutions of the Order. 

The other subject to which I alluded is, the attempt in some localities to revive 
the old warfare against Masonry. Certain parties, and even certain religious de- 
nominations, have seen fit to array themselves against our beloved Institution, as 
dangerous to the well-being of society and subversive of religion. Why such charges 
should ever have been made, or why they should now be revived, I can not imagine, 
unless it be to subserve personal selfish ends. Masonry teaches its members to be 
true to all their obligations as men. It does not array itself against religion, nor 
even claim a position of equality with it, but is content to be as a handmaid to it in 
ministering to purposes of human benefaction. But I have called your attention to 
this subject simply to say that when thus attacked and slandered without cause, it 
does not become us as Masons to return " railing for railing," but rather, by doing 
our duty, by keeping our Order free from all unworthy intruders, by guarding well 
our own and each other's characters and conduct, to " put to silence the ignorance 
of foolish men." 

The Report of the Grand Secretary is as brief an epitome of his manifold work 
during the year, as he could well give. Here is what strikes U3 as an excellent sug- 
gestion for our own Grand Secretary :— 

Owing to the large increase of Lodges and members, the publication of the 
names of individual members has become an item of immense expense to the Grand 
Lodge, and in order to avoid this, without entirely dispensing with the benefit de- 
rived from a catalogue, I would suggest to the Grand Lodge that a full list be pub- 
lished periodically— say once in three or five years, and during the other years, that 
only the names of those who have been added to membership, by raising or affilia- 
tion, and those who have lost membership by death, suspension, expulsion, or dimis- 
sion. Such a catalogue, with the preservation of the last full one published, will 
answer all practical purposes for reference. The list should also include the officers, 
and time and place of meeting. 

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Daring the session of the Grand Lodge the new and magnificent ''Freemasons' 
Hall," recently erected in St. Louis was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. 
The addresfl delivered on the occassion, by the B.\W. m . T. E. Garrett, Senior Grand 
Warden, ha- been Bent to us in a separate pamphlet ; but we have only space to say 
that it is an eloquent production, and must have been listened to with great pleasure 
by the Fraternity. The beautiful monument erected to the memory of the late vet- 
eran Cruel Secretary, Bro. Anthony 'Sullivan, was also unveiled in the presence 
of the Grand Lodge, at which time Bro. Garrett pronounced a justly-deserved 
eulogy upon the departed one, whose praise, during life, was in all the Lodges. 

The receipts for the year were $7,848 24, and the expenditures $8, 681 68. Some 
6 funds were necessarily drawn upon to supply the deficiency. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence, as usual, is from the facile 
pen of the accomplished Grand Secretary. A fit of uncomfortable brevity seems to 
have seized our worthy co-laborer, for he condenses his notice of thirty-seven Grand 
Lodges into the small compass of forty pages. He says, " Our brethren on other 
committees will therefore pardon us, if we have cut them off with ' short rations,' 
and a general salutation of ' How are you?' " We feel much like scolding one who 
could do so much better. As a specimen brick of the comments upon the various 
reports, we copy his notice of our own Grand Lodge proceedings for 1867 : — 

The Annual Address is lengthy and entertaining. The decisions are well render" 
ed, and in accordance with our usage. We heartily approve of the one that a peti- 
tioner must sign his name, and not make a mark. A man who can only make a mark 
on a petition, will make a very poor one in Masonry. Probably, the first motion he 
would make after being a member would be to dispense with the globes, on the sup- 
position that the earth is flat ancf stood still. 

The Report of the Grand Secretary is very complete, and gives a catalogue of 
the Grand Lodge library. 

Bro. Lawrence C. Owen rendered a very able Report on Correspondence. 

Bro. John R. Buckbee, Grand Orator, delivered a very fine address before the 
Grand Lodge, from which we would gladly make extracts, were it not that we de- 
termined to be brief. 

The Committee on Grievances made about twenty-five distinct reports, instead of 
consolidating them, as with us. This makes it more difficult to get at the gist of the 
decisions in a glance. Same with the Committee on Jurisprudence. 

" Short and sweet," the reader will exclaim, but like Oliver Twist's soup, we ' ' want 
more." The suggestion to our Committees on Grievances and Jurisprudence, strikes 
us as a good one, and we submit it for their consideration. 

There are three hundred and one Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership 
of 14,817, being an increase of 2,317 during the year. 

The M.\ W.\ JohnD. Vincil was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.-. George 
Frank Gouley was reelected Grand Secretary. 

Abstract of Decisions. 

1. It is competent for a Lodge to restore an expelled member if no appeal has 
been taken to the Grand Lodge ; Provided, The action is had at a regular meeting 
which all the members are notified to attend. 

2. Any member of a Lodge has the right to object to a degree being conferred 
upon an elected candidate at any time previous to his introduction into the Lodge, 
and the Master is bound to respect his objection ; nor can the degree be conferred 
until said objection be withdrawn. 

3. A Lodge has the right to discipline a member for an unmasonic offence com-* 
mitted previous to his initiation. 

4. It is competent for the Lodge where he was initiated, when an Entered Ap- 
prentice has removed, or contemplates removing, within another jurisdiction, to grant 
him a certificate that he was regularly initiated therein, and is at the time in good 
standing as such ; Provided, It is done by an unanimous vote, and that vote m\\<\ l>e 
taken by ballot if any member desire it. The same rule will apply to the case of a 
Fellow Craft. 

5. A member suspended for a definite time for the non-payment of dues is not 
charged therefrom upon its expiration, but is liable to be suspended again for the 
same amount for which he was originally suspended if he fail to liquidate if. 

G. A Lodge under dispensation has not the power conferred upon it by our By- 

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Laws to arraign and discipline non-affiliates ; this is vested only in chartered Lodges. 

7. When the Master of a Lodge declares a candidate rejected upon the first ballot, 
it is to be presumed that he has done so in conformity with the law, and he cannot be 
compelled by any member to state the number of rejecting ballots. 

8. A non-affiliated Mason cannot prefer charges against a member of a Lodge. 

9. It does not lie in the power of the Grand Master to interfere in cases after trial 
is had in subordinate Lodges. Appeals must be taken to the Grand Lodge, and not 
to the Grand Master. 

10. A member of one Lodge has no right to prohibit the initiation of a candidate 
into another. He may submit his objections to the Master, the Committee, or any 
member, and it is for either to determine whether they are sufficient. 

11. It is improper and inexpedient for a Lodge to try a member for a crime while 
the same is undergoing investigation in the courts of the country. 

12. A Master Mason made in an army Lodge subsequently affiliated with a regular 
Lodge, dimitted therefrom, and applied for membership in this jurisdiction. In this 
case a Master Mason presenting a dimit from a regular Lodge, with which this Grand 
Lodge is in fraternal communication, must be treated as though he was made a Mason 
in a regular Lodge ; but a Mason hailing from an army Lodge, and desiring to affiliate, 
must, under our law, take the same steps as a profane, and pay the regular fee. 

13. An expelled Mason, restored to Masonic life and standing by proper authority, 
may petition for membership any Lodge under whose jurisdiction he may reside, with- 
out regard to where he held membership before expulsion. 


Again we extend the hand of welcome to our young but growing sister of the 
" Silver State." The fourth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Nevada 
was held at Virginia City, September 15, 16, and 17, 1868. The M.\ W.\ John C. 
Currie: was Grand Master, and the JB.\ W.\ Wm. A. M. Van Bokkelen Grand Secre- 
tary. Representatives were present from all the Lodges. 

The Address of Grand Master Currie is brief. He had granted dispensations for 
the formation of two new Lodges. The only decision made by him during the year, 
so far as we find by the record, was that " the loss of the index finger of the right 
hand did not disqualify a man for receiving the degrees of Masonry." 

The experiment of charging no fees to non-affiliates had worked well, and so 
had the system of life-membership. 

In the Grand Secretary's report severe and just complaint is made against one of 
the New York Lodges for taking up and working in some of the Nevada rejected ma" 
terial. Though a case of seeming neglect is made out, we cannot but think that full 
justice and reparation will eventually be made. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. Taylor, and like that 
for the previous year, upon which we commented, is worthy of its source, and is an 
able document. Bro. Taylor reviews the proceedings of thirty -two Grand Lodges , 
our own for 1867 among the number. He pays Grand Master Claiborne, and Bros. 
Abell, Owen and Buckbee, such compliments that we fear those brethren would blush 
if we should repeat them. In return, we are glad to quote this well-expressed senti- 
ment, which we find in the Oration delivered before the Grand Lodge by Bro. Tay- 
Lor. We are quite sure that if he and all Masons but felt and acted as this good ad- 
vice suggests, both Masonry and the world would be better off: — 

In our intercourse with our brethren, we are not only to observe the ordinary 
amenities of life, but we are to exercise towards them always a broad and compre- 
hensive charity. There is a charity that giveth alms, and boasts of the good it does ; 
but its band is cold and its heart is not touched with the divine warmth of brotherly 
love ; this is the charity of the world. And there is a charity that gives with a blessing 
that makes the heart glad ; that suffereth long and is kind ; that vaunteth not itself ; 
that hopeth all things, and endureth all things ; and this is the charity of Masonry. 
This charity, which we are taught, let us practice. Let no circumstance provoke you 
into speaking ill of your brother. Though Masons, we are but men, with human frail- 
ties and human passions like unto other men. If, therefore, your brother should err, 
make not his error a theme of conversation with others. It may be you have been 
misinformed ; but if this be not the case, it still may be that you judge h'im too harshly. 
Remember always the conditions inseparable from humanity ; that while " to err is 
human," the attributes which prompt us to forgive are borrowed from Divinity. You, 

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too, arc liable to err ; therefore " cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and 
then shall thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's e} T e." Avoid 
III an 1 tale-bearing, as utterly opposed to the entire spirit of Masonry and Ma- 
sonic charitv. [f satisfied that your brother has done wrong, " publish it not in the 
Is," but go tir>t to him, and you may thereby prevent much confusion among the 
workmen. And remember that wherever discipline or reproof is necessary, you have 
yourselves been taught— as many of you have taught others — that "in the decision of 
every trespass against our rules, you are to judge with candor, admonish with friend- 
ship, and reprehend with justice." 

In all your intermingling with your brethren, bear ever in mind that you are with 
them co-heirs of immortality ; that we are all out sojourners here, fellow travelers 
upon the level of time toward that " undiscovered country" where each shall meet 
his reward according to his deserts. Therefore, let brotherly love prevail. If your 
brother be in need of counsel and advice, it is your duty to afford it. If, in the great 
march of life, he fall, fainting, by the way, let the strength of your hands lift him, and 
the warmth of your sympathy cheer him. If sickness and disease assail him, nurse 
him to health again if care and assiduous attention render it possible ; but if God, in 
his providence, wills it otherwise, gladden his fleeting spirit with a faith-drawn picture 
of the glories of the better Lodge above. Watch with him, minister to his heart, as 
well as to his physical wants, until the life-light be sped. Remember, 
" It is a little thing to speak a phrase 

Of common comfort, which by daily use 

Has almost lost its sense ; yet on the ear 

Of him who thought to die unmourned, 'twill fall 

Like choicest music ; fill the glazing eye 

With gentle tears ; relax the knotted hand 

To know the bonds of fellowship again ; 

And shed on the departing soul a sense 

More precious than the benison of friends 

About the honored death-bed of the rich, 

To him who else were lonely, that another 

Of the great family is near, and feels." 

There are twelve Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of nine hundred 
and twenty-one. There had been one hundred and forty-five initiations during the 

The M.\ W.\ George W. Hopkins was elected Grand Master, and the JR.\ Ws. 
William A. M. Van Bokkelen was reelected Grand Secretary. 
Decisions by the Grand Lodge. 

1. At a trial for unmasonic conduct, the accused can testify in his own behalf. 

2. Speaking disrespectfully of the Holy Bible constitutes a Masonic offence. 

3. A general charge of unmasonic conduct, like this, " speaking disrespectfully of 
the Fraternity "is not sufficiently specific to put a brother on trial. 

4. If a commission be composed of nine, the accuser and accused cannot agree 
that seven may try, and four convict. 

5. If the Worshipful Master is necessarily absent when a trial is going on, the 
Senior Warden or Junior Warden can preside. 

6. A Lodge U. D. can try a brother for unmasonic conduct. 


Last year we had the pleasure of noticing the organization of the Grand Lodge 
of Xew Brunswick, and to recommend its hearty recognition by our own Grand 
Lodge. We have now received the proceedings of that body at its first Annual Com- 
munication, which was held in the city of St. Johns, Sept. 23 and 24, 1368. The 
M.:W.\ B. Lester Peters presided as Grand Master, and the R.:W.\ Wm. F. 
Bunting was Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from all the subordi- 
nate Lodges, twenty-four in number. 

The Address of the Grand Master is mainly taken up with topics and matters neces- 
sarily attaching to the organization and successful working of a new Grand Lodge. 
So nearly unanimous have the Fraternity in that Province become of the propriety of 
the establishment of this Grand Lodge, that only two Lodges yet hold back, and 
from these, the Grand Master hoped soon to receive favorable responses. 

The subject of the erection of a Masonic Temple in the city of St. Johns was 
urged by the Grand Master and the " Board of General Purposes,'" and an 
looking to that end, were taken by the Grand Lodge. Due notice was taken of the 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 77 

death of the B.'.W.'. George H. Russell, Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand 
Lodge ; and several amendments to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge were consid- 
ered and adopted. 

There is no Report on Correspondence, and indeed very little of interest in these 
proceedings, save of such mere local items, as not to justify comment or quotation. 

There are twenty-four Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of one 
thousand three hundred and twelve. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 


We have received the proceedings of the Semi-Annual Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of New Hampshire, held at Manchester, December 27, 1867, and of the Annual 
Communication held at the same place June 10 and 11, 1868. At both the M.'.W.: 
John H. Rowell presided as Grand Master, and the B.'.W.'. Horace Chase was 
Grand Secretary. 

At the Semi-Annual Communication representatives were present from thirty-nine 
Lodges. We find but little requiring notrce in these proceedings. One or two im- 
postors were honored with a very conspicuous place in the Masonic pillory ; 
the Grand Lodge was engaged in the exemplification of work in the three 
degrees ; the members had a good time of it at a public collation ; they resolved 
that they would hereafter devote two days instead of one only to the Annual Com- 
munication of the Grand Lodge, and then " there being no further business, the 
Grand Lodge was closed in ample form," and the members went home to wish their 
friends a " Happy New Year." 

At the Annual Communication representatives were present from sixty-three sub- 
ordinate Lodges, and considerable business was transacted. 

The Address of the Grand Master was an elaborate, but interesting document, 
well worthy of its source, and containing many valuable suggestions, which, we trust, 
fell on listening ears and willing hearts. He congratulated the Fraternity on the 
peace, prosperity and happiness which had prevailed among them. He had been 
quite busy during the year, in laying corner-stones, and dedicating halls and visiting 
Lodges. On one occasion, that of laying the corner-stone of a new Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, at Rochester, he mentions the interesting fact that one brother 
(McDuffie) was present who had officiated at the laying of the corner-stone of the 
old church, forty-two years before, and was the only survivor. What reminiscences 
that old veteran could give ! 

He had issued dispensations for the formation of two new Lodges. 

Feeling allusion was made to the busy work of death, in removing from this 
world, during the year, many valuable brethren. 

The Reports of the several District Deputy Grand Masters are quite elaborate, 
and of local value, but we find nothing of general interest therein. 

The Committee on Correspondence reported adversely to the proposition from 
the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, for the establishment of a " National Masonic 
University." The Grand Lodge concurred, and so do we, most heartily. 

We quote at length a somewhat singular report from the Committee on Jurispru- 
dence, mainly for the purpose of adding a single word of comment: — 

The Committee on Jurisprudence, to whom was referred the communication of 
Bro. P. A. G. W. Phipps, make the following report: 

That there is no provision in the Grand Constitution, nor in the Grand Regulations 
of this Grand Lodge, prohibiting the use of a Lodge room for other than Masonic 
purposes; but your committee are of the opinion that the practice of permitting 
other societies to use a Masonic hall is highly improper, and should be discounte- 
nanced by this Grand Lodge. 

In many Grand Lodges there are regulations prohibiting their subordinates from 
occupying halls in common with other societies. This your committee believe to be 

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Tin- committee recommend that the Grand Lodge answer the questions of Bro. 
PfllPPfl as follows : 

To his drat inquiry. " Was it proper and right for Gorham. Lodge to rent their 
hall to the Good femplars, to be used for the purpose of holding their meetings?" 

To his second inquiry, " Is it proper and right to permit persons, not Masons, to 
visit and occupy the hall at their pleasure?" No. 

To the first part of his third inquiry, " if it is proper to rent the ball as aforesaid, 
would it require a unanimous vote?" No. 

To the last part of the same inquiry, " or could a majority of members pres- 
ent do it, and would it be the Masonic duty of the minority to quietly submit to it?" 
That the minority should always cheerfully submit to any proper act done by the ma- 

They also recommend the adoption of the following resolution : 

H d t That this Grand Lodge disapproves of the occupation of halls by sub- 
ordinate Lodges in common with other societies. 

We once heard of a Militia General who " sat so straight upon his horse that he 
ed backboard " We think our New^ Hampshire brethren are in somewhat like 
predicament Such questions strike us as decidedly unwise, and the answers not 
much better. Both belong to the rubbish rather than the archives of the Temple. 
We have known of cases where it was not only expedient but almost necessarj^ that 
our brethren should occupy a Lodge-room in common with other benevolent orders, 
and even to offer the same to brothers outside, when in distress. We say, let each 
particular case, like the traditional tub, stand on its own bottom, and let each Lodge 
(subject in cases of difficulty to the advice of the Grand Master) be its own judge in 
the premises. We hope our New Hampshire brethren will take in good part this 
growl of an outsider. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $5,498 46, and the expenditures $3,144 34. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. John J. Bell, and is 
a well written, free spoken, very able document of one hundred and seventy-five pages* 
The proceedings of thirty-eight Grand Lodges are reviewed, our own for 1867 among 
the number. We can only allude to one or two of the salient points. Our good 
brother takes the same view that we do of the political and oftentimes not very gentle 
or Masonic discussions, that some of our brethren North and South have persisted in 
incorporating into their addresses and reports. His censures are chastely written, 
but have the force of truth, and we hope will be effectual. But we fear that in breath- 
ing constantly the pure, free air of the hills of New Hampshire, our brother sees 
some things a little stronger and clearer than the facts warrant. " Not to put too fine a 
point upon it," has not Bro. Bell a little touch of" Africa on the brain?" We have no 
fault whatever to find with what he does say, if the propriety of anything being said 
be admitted. But our brother has a little fling at all our Southern brethren, who are 
determined to see in this small black cloud, the sure potent of a most destructive tem- 
pest. And then at the close he favors us with a page in addition on the same subject. 
We adhere to what we said last year, that " sufficient unto the day is the evil there- 
of," and that it will be time to meet and dispose of this question when it legitimately 
comes before us. We have no taste for conjuring up " chimeras dire," nor saying 
what we would do should Don Quixotte's windmills turn into veritable giants and at- 
tack us. Perhaps (though we hope not) this question of admitting negroes into our 
Lodges, or fraternizing with them, may come up in the future, as one to be practically 
met. But where is the use, say we, of anticipating that disagreeable issue, or of 
boasting how valiantly we would fight on either side. 

Bro. Bell devotes several pages of his report to California. He generally com- 
pliments Grand Master Claiborne, but thinks, him wrong in approving what he 
characterizes as the " singularly unjust law of California, that suspends brethren 
without trial, who are suspected of having lived in California six months without 
affiliation." Rather strongly put, Bro. Bell, but had you lived here as long as has 
our late Grand Master, and seen the uselessness of all milder remedies, we think 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 79 

that even you would approve this law. It hits no brother who does not deserve a 

Bro. Owen's Report on Correspondence is favorably spoken of, liberally quoted 
from, and generally approved. Favorable notice is also taken of the Report of the 
San Francisco Masonic Board of Relief and of Bro. Buckbee's Oration. 

We would like to make liberal extracts from this able and interesting report, but 
time and space forbid. 

There are sixty-seven Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of six thou- 
sand and thirty-two. There had been seven hundred and six initiations during the 

The M.-. W.\ Alexander M.Winn was elected Grand Master, and the R.'.W.'. 
Horace Chase was reelected Grand Secretary. 

The eighty-second Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey 
was held at the city of Trenton, January 20 and 21, 18G9— the M.\ W.\ Henry R. 
Cannon, Grand Master, and the i?.\ W.'. Joseph H. Hough, Grand Secretary. 
Representatives were present from ninety-one Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master was brief, being mainly devoted to the decisions 
made by him during the year. He had issued dispensations for the formation of five 
new Lodges. In this jurisdiction the Deputy Grand Master and two Grand Wardens 
are assigned a large amount of duty to perform, in the visitation and inspection of 
Lodges, and the address of the Grand Master, as well as their own reports, furnish 
evidence that they were no laggards or holders of sinecures. The grand result was, 
that eighty-five of the ninety Lodges in the jurisdiction had been officially visited 
during the year. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge had been $0,949 95, and the expenditures $4,473. 
The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the able pen of the 
veteran Grand Secretary, Bro. Hough. A few paragraphs from the beginning so ex- 
actly coincide with our own sentiments that we make no apology for placing them 
here for the benefit of our own readers : — 

In many of the jurisdictions, whose proceedings we have reviewed, the propriety 
of continuing Committees on Foreign Correspondence has been seriously discussed. 
It is greatly to be regretted that, of late years, many exhibitions of improper and 
highly unmasonic feeling have appeared in similar reports. Personal dissensions, 
acrimonious controversies, intolerable verbal abuse, and even political allusions, of 
the most bitter and violent character, have been indulged in. All such matters are 
foreign to the purposes for which such committees are formed : and as soon as we 
find that Reports on Foreign Correspondence have degenerated into vehicles for 
personal abuse, we shall " cry aloud and spare not," for- their utter abolition. But 
we are rejoiced to see that the indulgence by a few brethren in such excesses has 
been generally severely reprobated by other committees, and we trust that we shall 
see no further manifestations of the character we object to. 

The object of such reports, as we understand it, is to keep the brethren informed 
of the progress and prosperity of the Craft through all our borders, to compare notes 
with reference to questions which are generally interesting, with a view to greater 
uniformity in Masonic law and practice, and generally to cultivate good will and 
closer relations of intimacy between brethren separated from each other by space 
and by the corporate limitations of their several Grand Bodies. And we believe, 
. that keeping these ends in view, such reports have been, and will continue to be, 
productive of great good. 

It has been asserted that such reports are not generally read by the Craft, but 
only by the several committees, respecuvely, who delight in a game of verbal battle- 
door and shuttlecock, and who read and write them only for their own amusement, 
and have them published for their own glorification. If any brother thinks there is 
any great fund of amusement in the preparation of such a report, let him try it on. 
Whatever may be the truth in other jurisdictions, as to the interest manifested in 
these reports by the Craft, we fed'assured that in New Jersey they receive from 
the brethren, generally, diligent and careful perusal. 

We have endeavored to prepare this report in a proper Masonic spirit. Where 
we have had occasion to differ from our brethren, we have tried to express our dis- 

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> vni courteously. We trust that we have written nothing here which, dying, we 
would wish to blot. Once or twice, perhaps, we have indulged in a little good-hu- 
mored passag !-at-arms with our brethren of other committees, but always with a 
blunt Lance, and one which had not been dipped in poison. In our experience 
frith the Craft, we have found that (to use a little liberty with a familiar couplet) 

" A little banter now and then 
Is relished by the wisest men." 

In hi* notice of the California proceedings for 18G7, Bro. Hough compliments our 
then Grand Master Claiborne, and makes liberal extracts from his address, endors- 
ing the same as good Masonic law, and excellent advice to the Fraternity elsewhere 
as well as here. Proper and commendatory notice is also made of Bro. Buckbee's 
Oration, and Bro. Owen's Report on Correspondence. As we can relieve our worthy 
New .Jersey brother of a seeming perplexity, we quote the closing paragraph of his 
California notice, which reads as follows : — 

Most Worshipful Brother William A. Da vies was elected Grand Master, and V. 
\Y. (does V. stand for Venerable, Veracious, Versatile or Vigilant?) Brother Alexan- 
DBB Gr. A bell was reelected Grand Secretary. 

While we are willing to admit that our Grand Secretary is all that these capital 
lf Va " indicate in our worthy brother's mind,* we are happy to assure him that in this 
particular case, as in our own, it stands for " Very " — no more and no less. 

In Bro. Hough's notice of Iowa, we find the following, which we clip from this re- 
port, believing that it will not hurt our readers to have another quiet laugh at the ex- 
pense of Bro. Guilbert, M. D., 33° : — 

And here we rest our pen in inexpressible astonishment. Where is Bro. Guilbert 
with his Report on Correspondence ? We had purchased a new pen ; we had freshly 
filled our inkstand ; we had laid out a fresh quire of legal cap ; we had wrapped a 
wet towel around our head (not because we were out late last night, or expect to be 
to-morrow night) ; we had turned on our gas burner to its fullest capacity ; we had 
taken oft' our coat and rolled up our sleeves, and all for the purpose of tackling Bro. 
Guilbert's report. But on turning to the proceedings, we find an " aching void " 
where the report should be. Bro. Guilbert is not dead, neither does he sleep ; for, 
we find on page 668, that he made a statement relative to his report, and read ex- 
tracts therefrom, and that the same was ordered to be printed, when completed. It 
is possible that the Grand Lodge of Iowa, fearing that the publication of the report 
might create a stringency in the paper market, desisted, from motives of sympathy 
with our brethren of the newspaper press. 

Seriously, however, we miss the report. Bro. Guilbert writes many things which 
do not commend themselves to our judgment, and rather delights in a "plug 
muss," which was once defined to us as a fight in which " everybody knocks every- 
body else down except himself." But his reports are full of good things, and contain 
the most exhausting resume of the transactions of sister Grand Lodges of any which 
come under our notice. He has a fund of valuable Masonic information, and his judg- 
ment is generally good upon questions of jurisprudence. We trust that Bro. Guilbelt 
will not fail to forward to us that report, when completed. 

In his notice of Wisconsin, we find these judicious words, which meet with our 
hearty endorsement. We have often thought that a canon on " love and charity " 
should be adopted for the trial and disposal of differences between brethren. This 
hankering after the " pound of flesh " in vengeance, which is too often manifested, 
is as abhorrent to us as to Bro. Hough : — 

We find ourselves compelled to differ from the committee, in what they say upon 
the subject of Masonic discipline. They complain that there is not enough of Masonic 
discipline. We believe there is too much. 

There is a very prevalent, and, as we think, a very erroneous idea, that Masonry 
requires from its votaries, moral perfection. There is no warrant in the history, the 
traditions, or the ritual of the Craft, for such an assumption. On the contrary, the in- 
stitution of Masonry recognizes the frailty of human nature, and the necessity of fra- 
ternal cooperation and assistance to keep the weak and erring in the straight path. 
When a Master Mason, in a moment of weakness, excitement, or temptation, has fallen 
from his high estate, it is too often the case that his " unco-righteous" brother, who 
may have violated, in a less obtrusive manner, the spirit of his obligation twenty 
times, where the offender has violated its letter once, will immediately sit down and 

*The Grand Secretary of Cal. admits all but the " Venerable,"— A. G. A. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 81 

prepare charges. In so doing, lie is frequently guilty of a flagrant violation of his 
own vow. He forgets that, under such circumstances, his first duty is to support a 
falling brother, and whisper good counsels in his ear. Too much care cannot be 
taken in the examination of the worthiness of a candidate before his admission. A 
Lodge accepts a member much like a man does his wife, " for better, or for worse." 
We, by no means, intend to be understood by this remark, as intimating that a Lodge 
has not the power, and that it is not often its duty, to exercise its power of discipline 
to its fullest extent. But we do mean to say, that the relation existing between Mason 
and Mason is such, that it should not be severed for slight reasons, and not until the 
utmost resources of charity have been exhausted. We repudiate the idea entertained 
by some (we trust not by the Wisconsin Committee) that the only duty which a Lodge 
owes to an erring brother, is the duty of suspension or expulsion. 
11 Strike a man when he's down, again and again ! 
By the fist of thy father, I blush for thee, Ben !" 

We are utterly astonished to see that the Wisconsin Committee, in order to remedy 
this lack of discipline, propose that charges should be made anonymously. We pro- 
test against such a doctrine. We protest against it, because anonymous communica- 
tions are always unmanly, frequently cowardly, and generally malicious. 

It is our experience, that in a large, very large majority of cases, more injury than 
advantage accrues to the Craft from Masonic trials. A division is created in the 
Lodge, brethren take sides, asperities of feeling are engendered, rash words spoken, 
and the harmony of the Lodge destroyed for years. More than likely, such irregu- 
larities will occur, as will compel the Grand Lodge to reverse the decision of its sub- 
ordinates. As a general thing, a Masonic trial, like an ecclesiastical trial, is a carica- 
ture and travesty upon the administration of justice. 

There are ninety-eight Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of seven 
thousand seven hundred and twenty-nine. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Decisions of the Grand Master and Grand Lodge. 

1. A candidate, during the process of receiving his degrees, cannot be placed 
upon trial for offenses committed previous to his application to become a Mason. If 
objections are made to his advancement, they should be reduced to writing, and, if 
important, should be referred to a committee to investigate, and if such objections 
are ascertained to be well founded, the candidate should be debarred from further 

2. In granting permission to a Lodge to receive the petition of a rejected candi- 
date, the vote should be by ballot. 

3. When charges are preferred against a,member of a Lodge, the Master has not 
the right to appoint a Committee of Investigation, until the Lodge has consented by 
vote to receive the charges. 

4. A slight impediment of speech, not sufficient to prevent a person from repeat- 
ing the work intelligibly, is not sufficient cause for the rejection of a candidate. 

5. An unaffiliated Mason cannot prefer charges against a member of a Lodge. 

6. Residents of this jurisdiction, made Masons in another, without consent, should 
not be held responsible for the irregularity of their making, nor deprived of the 
right of visitation for that reason solely. 

7. Unaffiliated Masons should be deprived of the right of visitation, after a suit- 
able time has elapsed for them to establish their membership. 

8. Charges for unmasonic conduct cannot be acted upon at a special communica- 
tion of a Lodge. 

9. The right of a candidate to receive his degrees is subject to the By-Laws of 
the Lodge to which he has applied. A By-Law of a Lodge, requiring candidates to 
receive their degrees within a reasonable specified time, is regular and should be 

10. In balloting for candidates, every member present should be required to vote. 

11. Charges preferred and referred to a committee, cannot be withdrawn. Justice 
to the brother accused, and to the Lodge, requires a decision as to the guilt or inno- 

, cence of the brother so charged. 

12. No subordinate Lod^e in this jurisdiction should have the right to appeal for 
pecuniary aid to the Lodges of another jurisdiction, without the consent of this 
Grand Lodge. 

These were all approved except the first and sixth. The first was reversed as 
opposed to a decision of the Grand Master and Grand Lodge of the previous year. 
Of the sixth, the committee reported this, in which the Grand Lodge concurred: — 

That decision numbered six, in their opinion, is not sustained by Masonic law and 
custom. We have always been of the opinion that the Grand Lodge of any jurisdic- 


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tion lias a right to, and should determine what, if any, punishment should be inflicted 
on those who, without consent of the proper authorities, become Masons in another 
jurisdiction. That the subject of said decision should become a regulation of this 
Grand Lod( 


It is with pleasure that we always take up for perusal or review the proceedings 
of this Mammoth Grand Lodge of the Empire State, for we uniformly expect a rich 
treat, and are never disappointed. When such veteran writers as Lewis, Simons, 
llwi.i:, etc., etc. wield the pen, one may be sure there will be something found worth 
reading and thinking over. 

We have before us the proceedings of the Annual Communication held in the city 
of New York, June 2, etc., 1868. The M.'.W.'. Stephen H. Johnson presided as 
Grand Master, and the R.-. W.\ James M. Austin was Grand Secretary. As it re- 
quires the services of three Grand Chaplains to keep our Xew York brethren in 
order, we are glad to see that all were present, ready for duty! Representatives 
were in attendance from five hundred and ninety of the six hundred and thirty-five 
Lodges in the jurisdiction. 

The Address of the Grand Master, bating a somewhat ambitious and sophomoricai 
style, is an interesting and business-like document. He congratulates the Grand 
Lodge on the peace and prosperity that had marked the past year. Dispen- 
sations had been granted for the formation of twenty-eight new Lodges. The Grand 
Master feelingly alludes to the work of death during the year. Several of the bright 
and shining lights of Masonry had been extinguished, so far as earth and its affairs 
were concerned. Of two of these, well known to the Fraternity elsewhere, as well 
as in New York, we copy what the Grand Master says, only remarking that it is but 
a just tribute to their moral and Masonic worth : — 

Twenty-two years ago I was first honored with a seat in this Grand Lodge. At 
that time R.\ W.\ James Herring was Grand Secretary, and it was then I first made 
his acquaintance, and learned to revere him as one of the main pillars of the Frater- 
nity. He was especially kind and obliging to the younger representatives, and won 
their esteem and respect. He had been elected Grand Secretary in 1*26, and con- 
tinued to hold the office until the year 1846, the year of which I speak. During this 
long term of service evil days had come upon us, our Institution was subjected to a 
severe test, and required the utmost exertion of its faithful mejnbers to maintain its 
existence. During that trying period, Bro. Herring proved himself equal to the 
emergency. He nobly and firmly met the combined attacks of fanaticism and perse- 
cution hurled against us by our furious and unprincipled adversaries. Many who 
had been honored by the Craft faltered in the day of trial, and it seemed that the 
fires which had been lighted upon many of our Masonic altars were about to be 
hopelessly extinguished. Our R.\ W.'. Brother was not among those who faltered. 
True to his fealty, and with a firm reliance upon the immutable principles of truth 
and justice, he remained at his post and manfully upheld the banner of the cause so 
dear to his true and honest heart. 

At length he saw our noble Institution emerge from the conflict, unscathed, but 
purified, and he lived to encourage the brethren until the Fraternity had reached a 
height of prosperity far exceeding the hopes of its most sanguine adherents. 

To him we are indebted, more than to any other, for the foundation of the Hall 
and Asylum Fund. He was one of its earliest promoters, and labored for it with a 
singleness of purpose, which proves that the real prosperity of the Craft was ever 
near his heart. He was also one of the first to organize the system of correspond- 
ence, now so prominent a feature in our Annual Transactions ; and to him is believed 
to be due the system of Grand Lodge representation, now so generally adopted. 
For some years past the infirmities of age have prevented the accustomed active 
participation in the affairs of Masonry, and younger hands have taken up the imple- 
ments, in the use of which he was so skilled a master; but we see in his long and 
useful life, that while individuals, yielding to the inevitable, fade away, their works 
survive them, and are perpetuated when the mind that conceived them' is no longer 
occupied with earthly things. He died, in the city of Paris, in October last, where 
he had resided for some months; but his remains were borne back to his native land, 
and reverently committed to his final resting-place by his sorrowing friends and 
brethren. His name and his fame will remain with us as a perpetual remembrance. 
The M.-.W.'. Reuben Hyde Walworth, Past Grand Master, died at Saratoga 
Springs, on the 28th day of November last. He was elected Grand Master in June, 

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1853, but, on account of his varied business avocations, declined a reelection at the 
end of his term. Few men have been held in higher estimation, both in public and 
private life, than the M.\ W.\ Bro. Walworth. His address to the Grand Lodge, 
as Grand Master, gives evidence of the high-toned thought and unobtrusive piety for 
which he was eminently distinguished. He was educated to the legal profession, and 
passed the early years of his manhood in the practice of the law. Soon, however, 
his perseverance and industry raised him above the common level, and attracted 
public attention. On the 24th of April, 1823, he received the appointment of Circuit 
Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of this State. At that time he was compara- 
tive?}' a young man. Yet he discharged the important duties of his station with credit 
to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the public. 

On the 19th of April, 1828, he was elevated to the office of Chancellor, which po- 
sition he continued to occupy until the Court of Chancery was abolished by the pre- 
sent Constitution of the State, a period of about twenty years. In the several judi- 
cial positions occupied by him he evinced great legal research, sound, discriminating 
judgment, and, above all, unflinching integrity. 

Living to a ripe old age, he has gone to a well-earned rest, leaving to us, as men 
and Masons, an example worthy of emulation. 

The Grand Lodge adopted resolutions suitable to the memory of these illustrious 
Masons, as also to that of Past Grand Master Finlay M. King, and other members of 
the Grand Lodge who had died during the year. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary both call the attention of the Grand Lodge 
to the complaint of our Grand Master Claiborne, that one John Hollenbeck, a resi- 
dent of California, had been made a Mason in Aurora Lodge, No. 383, Fort Coving- 
ton, Franklin County, while a visitor there for a few months. Steps had been taken 
to rectify this wrong doing. The Lodge made answer that said Hollenbeck had 
never ceased residing in Fort Covington, and had been only a visitor in California. 
The Grand Master adds these few words, and here the matter seems to rest at 
present : — 

In their answer, the Lodge denies the facts as above set forth, and claims that the 
residence of the party is still at Fort Covington. 

From the well known character of these brethren, I am unwilling to believe that 
they would knowingly perpetrate a wrong upon a sister jurisdiction, as charged against 
them. That they have acted in good faith, I cannot for a moment doubt. From the 
fact of Mr. Hollenbeck being a native of Fort Covington, well known to the brethren 
there, and still a young man, the inference that he still considered that place his home 
is natural. They may have erred in not sufficiently inquiring into the question of resi- 
dence ; but they express, not only an entire willingness, but an earnest desire, to 
make all the amends in their power, if they are in the wrong. 

On the other hand, the averments of the Lodge in California appear on their face 
to justify their complaint, particularly as they are based upon admissions and state- 
ments made by Hollenbeck himself. If he has stated the facts to them truly, then 
he must have been guilty of gross imposition upon the brethren of Aurora Lodge. 

The various subjects of uniformity of work, new Masonic Hall, and other matters 
of local interest, also occupy their appropriate places in this address. 

The receipts for the year were $71,280 49, and the expenditures $66,889 30. 

On the second day of the session, the Representative of the Grand Lodge of Georgia 
was introduced, and received with the customary honors. The words of welcome and 
response were so beautiful and appropriate that we make no apology for reproducing 
them for the benefit of our own readers : — 

The Right Worshipful John H. Anthon, in the chair, welcomed the Right Worship- 
ful brother in the following language : — 

Bight Worshipful Brother :— On behalf of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the 
State of New York, I welcome you to the precincts of our Grand Lodge, and extend 
to you the righthand of fellowship. When we receive our Masonic brethren we have 
nothing to forgive and nothing to forget. Our love for them has ,been unquenched, 
and our confidence in their love for us undiminished. We rejoice, dear brother, that 
there is at least one place under the canopy of heaven where Masons can meet in 
union and harmony. The same hearts extend to you now the same hands that they 
would have given you at any time during the last ten years. 

The Right Worshipful Brother thus responded :— 

Most Worshipful Sir and Brethren .-—During the last seven or eight years our 
country has been much disturbed, but such was not the case with the Masons. If it 

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could have been in their power, those things would never have happened. During the 
lust aeven years I have witnessed scenes which I never believed could have happened. 
Edifices have been rained, defaced, destroyed. The places even in which was carried 
on the worship of the living God were leveled with the dust; and in the midst of the 

pal devastation, no voice could be heard to say : " Woodman, spare that tree," 
and it Beemed as if civilization must be utterly destroyed. However, in the midst of 
all these troubles there existed some who were bound to preserve society, and to our 
glorious Institution belongs all the credit. Sou know well that in my city of Atlanta 
nothing was spared ; but when the ruthless hand was attempted to be laid on our 

•lie institutions, then, from all ranks of the Union Army, there rushed out men 
to save, and though all tilings else were destroyed, our Masonic Temple was pre- 

.1 untouched. My Grand Lodge has seen fit to appoint me as her representative 
near your Grand Lodge, and I hope that the same old feeling which existed previous 
to the great trouble will exist forever. 

The well-known politician, Isaiah Rynders, is an active member of this Grand 
Lodge, and has occupied some high positions therein. On his motion, this resolution 
in reference to our illustrious deceased brother was adopted : — 

This Grand Lodge having been informed of the death of our distinguished brother, 
His Excellency James Buchanan, late President of the United States of America, 
be it 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of 
Xew York adds the expression of its sorrow to those of the brethren of other States, 
and of the many personal friends and associates of our distinguished brother. That 
we present to the brethren his unspotted private character as a fair example, and ask 
from those brethren, who have differed from him in political opinion, Masonic charity 
for a statesman^ life and grief for a brother's death. 

The Grand Lecturer submitted an elaborate report of the work done by himself 
and his deputies. 

We would be pleased, did space permit, to give a synopsis of the very many able 
reports of the Committee on Grievances, but as most of the subjects treated were of 
mere local interest, we pass them by. One case deserves to be mentioned however, 
and that was the severe and just censure of the conduct of a Lodge, which had sul- 
lenly and meanly refused to reimburse a sister Lodge the expenses incurred in the 
burial of one of its poorer members. If the collective hide of the delinquent Lodge 
be not thicker than that of a rhinoceros, we think an impression must have been 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is again from the pen of the 
veteran Bro. John L. Lewis, and is of equal interest with that of any of its prede- 
cessors, which is eulogy enough of itself. The proceedings of thirty-six American 
Grand Lodges are reviewed, containing in the gross, as our good brother has made 
the enumeration, six thousand eight hundred and eleven pages. Let the reader judge 
by this, somewhat of the labor imposed upon the unlucky member to whom the 
Grand Master intrusts the duty of writing the report of one of these committees. 
Our brother has also given us an elaborate review of the work of eighteen foreign 
Grand Lodges, embracing some thirty-six pages of this pamphlet. We were nearly 
tempted to imitate the example of several of our brethren, and transfer the review 
bodily, or at least to make a summary of the information there given. But finding 
the last next to an impossibility, and that the whole would occupy too much space 
in our own proceedings, we were reluctantly compelled to leave all untouched. 

Bro. Lewis devotes several pages to a kindly and over-flattering review of the 
California Proceedings of 1867. He says that to* improve on the style and matter of 
Grand Master Claiborne, would be "to gild refined gold." He copies quite exten- 
sively from his address, approving all the positions taken. 

Of Bro. Owen, he says : " We have read his report with some care, and it strikes 
us that the author is a workman that needeth not to be ashamed/' Bro. Lewis dif- 
fers from Bro. 0. in the positions that the accuser as well as the accused should be 
allowed the right of appeal ; and that a Worshipful Master or the Wardens of a 
Lodge can dimit or resign. We do not profess to be an expert in Masonic law. but 
in this last position, as we have already stated, we incline to agree with Bro. Lewis 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California, 85 

and not with our predecessors. Even if the absolute right be conceded, we think 
that fiood sense and propriety should always veto the exercise thereof. 

Bro. Buckbee's oration, is spoken of in the highest terms, and a liberal extract 
made therefrom. 

In relation to one of the reports of the Committee on Grievances, where the ac- 
tion of a Lodge, acquitting a brother in face of positive evidence, was reversed, and 
a new trial ordered, Bro. Lewis thinks our Grand Lodge erred, and announced a 
dangerous principle, in this, that a second trial, after acquittal, is contrary to law 
and good morals. If the Lodge below erred, as he admits this particular one did, 
he thinks the Grand Lodge should, of itself, have applied the remedy, and not sent 
the matter back for a new trial, and perhaps a new farce on the part of the offending 
Lodge. We have already spoken of the peculiarities of this case, and have no de- 
sire to enlarge. The suggestion of Bro. Lewis strikes us as a good one, and we hope 
it may be followed hereafter. 

Upon the high-sounding resolution of " Little Delaware," about negro Lodges 
and negro Masonry, Bro. Lewis gets off this piece of pleasantry, which we think is 
a capital answer to such absurdity. 

No report on Correspondence was submitted. A resolution was adopted forbid- 
ding the initiation, passing, or raising, or affiliation, or visitation, of a negro in any 
Lodge in Delaware, and the regulation is made a part of the ritual. 

Under this regulation other jurisdictions may sleep with both eyes, so far as there 
may be any fears that Delaware will send out P. M. W. Draytons to plant negro 
Lodges in their midst. But might not Delaware have left it to the taste of her own 
subordinates to decide whether they would willingly associate with negroes in their 
Lodges? And especially, too, as each individual Mason has a veto on such admis- 
sion, quite as potent as any regulation. Might we be allowed to inquire where the 
authority is found to make innovations in the third degree, or any other part of the 
body of Masonry? And finally, might we be aflowed to suggest that inasmuch as 
all the negro (so-called) Lodges are clandestine and spurious, and therefore beyond 
the possible pale of recognition, legislation against such recognition is in the nature 
of getting out twenty-four pounders to shoot flies. 

The number of Lodges in this jurisdiction is six hundred and thirty-five, with a 
membership of seventy thousand three hundred and thirty-three. There had been 
eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-five initiations during the year. 

The M.\ W.\ James Gibson was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ James M- 
Austin (of course) was reelected Grand Secretary. 

Decisions by Grand Lodge. 

1. Can a Lodge, after having (at a Communication summoned for the purpose) 
given its consent to the foundation of a new Lodge, revoke that consent at a subse- 
quent Communication? 

Ans. No. 

2. Can one or more of the petitioners for a dispensation, after a warrant has been 
granted, separate from the newly warranted Lodge by simply signifying a desire to 
remain with the old ones ? 

Ans. No. 

3. When twenty members of a Lodge are charged with the commission of a joint 
offense, the charge being the signing by all of a document claimed to be libelous, can 
each of the twenty claim a separate trial and a separate and different commission ? 

Ans. No. 

4. Whether it is optional with a Lodge to refuse a payment on account of arrears 
of dues, and strike a member from the roll, after that member has been duly sum- 
moned to pay his arrears, not a part thereof, and when a majority of the members, 
duly assembled, deem it proper not to have the provisions of Sec. 49 of the Constitu- 
tion evaded by such a payment on account? 

Ans. The Lodge has full power to act as it pleases in the premises. 

5. After a candidate has been elected for initiation and advancement, can a brother 
at a subsequent Communication call for a ballot ? And if such ballot result in a re- 
jection, does not the candidate stand in the same position as if originally rejected? 
We answer both questions in the affirmative. 

6. After a candidate has been initiated, and a brother calls for a ballot resulting 
in a rejection, is it not necessary for the brother to prefer charges against the candi- 
date so initiated, or would it not be competent for the Master to proceed and confer 
the second and third degrees? 

86 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Ans. It is not necessary to prefer charges, but the Master cannot proceed to con- 
fer the remaining degrees until the objection has been lawfully removed. 

7. Is a brother, who was a Warden of a Lodge U. D., and also Warden of a Lodge 
from the time it received its warrant until the next annual election, but who has not 
since held office, eligible for Master? 

Decided that a Warden, having served up to the annual election next after the re- 
ception of the warrant, is eligible to the mastership, then or at any future time ; and 
in like manner, a Master performing similar service in a Lodge becomes a regular 
Past Master. 

8. When permission is asked by one Lodge to initiate a candidate previously re- 
jected in another, is it necessary to have such permission before the candidate is 

It is for the consenting Lodge to decide, when and under what circumstances they 
will yield jurisdiction over the candidate. If, therefore, they require him to be ac- 
cepted before giving consent, that course must be adopted, otherwise not. 

9. A brother from a Lodge in Wisconsin, fourteen years in arrears to that Lodge, 
becomes a petitioner for a new Lodge in this State, without having paid his arrears 
or taken his dimit from his former Lodge. He is now Junior Warden of a Lodge in 
this jurisdiction. Do these circumstances affect his standing here ; if so, how? 

The brother having failed to sever his connection with another jurisdiction, has 
never lawfully come under this, and is therefore not a member of the Lodge. 

We have also received the proceedings of the Annual Communication for 1869, 
held in the city of New York, June 1, &c. The Jf.\ W.'. James Gibson presided as 
Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ James M. Austin was Grand Secretary. Repre-. 
sentatives were present from six hundred and nine subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of Grand Master Gibson is long, covering some twenty-five pages of 
the pamphlet before us with the address proper, the record of his decisions occupy- 
ing some nine more. But it is both an able and an interesting paper, and consider- 
ing the extent of this Empire jurisdiction, and the manifold questions which must 
necessarily demand the attention of the Grand Master, it would be a difficult matter 
to comprise all that must be said into a much more limited compass. We quote the 
opening sentences : — 

Let us be reverently thankful to the Giver "of all good that we are enabled to 
assemble in peace, love and unity, with none to molest us or make us afraid, and thus 
to open and hold our convocation with pub ic notice in open day, without the previ- 
ous consent, and without the fear of any power, potentate or sovereignty whatever, 
foreign or domestic, temporal or spiritual. That though a Pope and a Cardinal, a . 
synod and a presbytery, have alike cursed and anathematized us, " we still live," 
and that by our fruits shall we be finally judged ; and not by these tribunals of the 
earth, earth} 7 , but by the high and holy One that inhabiteth eternity, whose justice, 
though we may and ought to fear, is yet tempered with mercy, which is everlasting, 
and by his love, which never faileth. 

Let us be thankful that our dwelling-place is in a land of civil and religious free- 
dom, where we are blessed with that " perfect law of liberty ?r which our Father 
gives to the least as well as to the best, not demanding that we should bow down to 
this sect or to that picture, in this grove or in that mountain, but granting us tolera- 
tion as to our particular doctrines, requiring us only to believe in Him, and to be 
obedient and faithful unto his holy law. 

Death had been busy during the year, and among others, had stricken down one 
of the beloved Chaplains, W r orshipful Brother Charles H. Platt. As we were ac- 
quaintances, as well as brother Ministers of the same Christian Church, we cannot 
forego the melancholy pleasure of clipping this truthful tribute to his memory. Bro. 
Platt was, indeed, one of the best and purest of men : — 

Rev. and Right Worshipful Charles H. Platt, Grand Chaplain of this Grand 
Lodge, died at Binghamton, on the 1st day of March last. His burial took place at 
Lyons, in Wayne County, on March 4, 1869. For the funeral services an emerg 
Grand Lodge was. convened, at which Most Worshipful Clinton F. Page officiated, 
with the assistance of an ample number of the brethren, there being a very large 
attendance. The service of the Episcopal Church was read at the church by the 
Rev. Dr. Van Lngen, of Rochester. He closed his remarks on that occasion with the 
following : "I have buried many a brave soldier, but none braver ; many a devout 
and faithful follower of Christ, but never one more so ; and, friends of this ancient 

1869] Grand Lodge of California. 87 

Order, though not a member, let me entreat you to posh forward in your good works 

of charity and love, endeavoring- to imitate the Christian example of him whose loss 
you now deplore." 

The Masonic burial service was conducted by Most Worshipful Brother PAGE, who. 
in the greatness oi' his own grief, only exhibited what tilled the hearts oi' all the breth- 
ren. WOt an eye but tilled with tears as he uttered the parting words: M Friend and 
brother, we bid thee a long and last farewell." 

Rev. Brother Platt was born in Clinton County, Xew York, in 1822, and was only 
forty-seven years of age at the time of his death. He was a son of the late Commo- 
dore PLATT, of the Tinted States Navy. He graduated at the Bpisoopal College at 
Geneva, about the year H47 : was rector of the Kpiscopal Church at Lock port for 
thirteen years : then at Auburn for three years ; and the last tive years at Bingham- 
ton. While at Auburn he served as Chaplain in the Twenty-eighth Xew York volun- 
teers, in the United States service, was Master of Niagara Military Lodge, U. D. 
His wife and four children survive him. and with the Fraternity of Free and Accepted 
Masons, will mourn over his early death, and their great loss. 

Here are some more eloquently expressed " words oi' wisdom." The advice 
may not be popular, but there are many grains o( good hard sense in what our dis- 
tinguished brother says, which Lodges will heed ono of these days, if not now. Our 
danger is not from the fanatics and brawlers outside, but from the unworthy, unin- 
formed and unappreciative within! We have heard old grayheaded Masons say 
that it almost compensated for the harm done to the Order during the "Anti-Ma- 
sonic " crusade, by the thorough removing of the chaff from the wheat which that 
whirlwind produced ! 

No one who has carefully observed the signs of the present, indicating difficulties 
and dangers to the Fraternity in the future, can have failed to be satistied that the 
rapid multiplication of Lodges is one of the greatest perils that Masonry, from its 
almost certain consequences, has to fear. It necessarily invites a great rush at the 
threshold, which the new Lodge has neither the experience nor the nerve to resist. 
The knowledge they have not, for that is only obtained by age and observation: the 
nerve they rarely or never exercise, as they are compelled to meet large expenses 
necessarily arising from the opening oi' a new Lodge, the construction or lifting up a 
hall, the procuring the insignia and jewels, the payment of the Grand Lodge fee. and 
the thousand other items, often grossly extravagant, but thought to be necessary, 
to compete successfully with the established Lodges in their vicinity. The new 
Lodge is desirous oi' a large roll, of an elegant hall, of a full treasury, and is too for- 
getful that these good things, in themselves may be obtained at the 'loss of the per- 
manent welfare and prosperity oi' the Craft. By the gratification oi' these desires 
they are prevented from exercising that jnst discrimination and careful scrutiny as 
to petitioners for the degrees, absolutely essential to the securing suitable material 
for the Masonic temple, proposed to be constructed by the new Lodge. The certain 
result is sure to follow, and the temple under construction is erected of rough stones, 
and put together with un tempered mortar, the true work ol' Masonry lost sight oi' or 
neglected, and that temple which, had it been erected oi' good materials and in a 
proper manner, would have stood as an enduring monument oi' the faithful labors of 
its founders, is soon levelled with the dust of the earth, and the " place which once 
knew it shall know it no more forever.*' There have already many such Lodges been 
organized, worked in this manner, and they are struggling for life, or have died ; 
enough to show plainly how dangerous is the path we nave trodden : enough stand- 
ing as grave-stones o( Masonry— monuments marking the sloughs into which the Craft 
have fallen from the errors of the past. 

" In the day of prosperity let us consider." It is the day oi' danger, for it is not 
in numbers that our true strength lies, but in the principles of the' Fraternity, thor- 
oughly learned, and faithfully practiced by the brethren. Masonry can 'not be 
brought to every man's door, for with lavishness follows satiety; and' that which is 
obtained with ease, and got without cost or labor, is soon deemed oi' little value. Its 
cheapness makes it to be despised. 

In order to have a prosperous and thriving Lodge oi' Masons, the population from 
which it is to be organized and sustained must itself be large and thriving, and must 
not have Other Lodges to support. There is no propriety, worse than that, there is 
no honesty or fairness in opening a new Lodge, whereby will be quenched in dark- 
ness an existing Masonic light. The obtaining its consent is no answer to this, as the 
Grand Lodge or Grand Master should not destroy a good Lodge merely because it 
offers to be sarificed. and. like a calf, is dumb and openeth not its mouth when led 
to the shambles. 

The Grand Blaster had promptly and rightly refused a dispensation to open a 
Lodge to be composed oi' the members of a particular religious sect. His letter on 

88 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

this point is exhaustive in its argument and reasonings, and the ghost of this secta- 
rian giant will be buried for a while in that jurisdiction. 

Due notice had been taken of the complaints of sister jurisdictions of interference 
with their rights. Apologies had been made, discipline threatened, and all possible 
precautions taken against the renewal of such Masonic outrages. We must give the 
Grand Blaster a hint on geography, however, by informing him that Xecada, also, 
aa well as Oregon and California, is icest (1,000 miles or more) of the Rocky Mount- 
ain- ! When will our eastern brethren learn that the Rocky Mountains are as near to 
the Mississippi river as to the Pacific ocean? 

The Grand Master had also been firm in his refusal to grant dispensations to con- 
fer degrees on maimed candidates, though their record was and had been proud, and 
themaiming was the result of labors in the cause of their country. With all due 
respect and honor for such brave and esteemed members of the community, the 
Grand Master well says that " we can not reward merit and honor in civil life, or 
bravery and valor on the battle-field, by making such civilian or warrior a Mason in 
violation of our principles.-' 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge for the year were $72,338 83, and the expendi- 
tures $67,469 99. 

The Masonic Board of Relief had expended $12,000. We discover that California 
is marked as debtor in the sum of $213 80, relief furnished to some brothers hailing 
from this jurisdiction. 

A new feature seems to be engrafted upon the proceedings of the Grand Lodge. 
By resolution, the Graud Master is to detail one of the Grand Chaplains to deliver an 
address at the opening of each Annual Communication, " not to exceed twenty min- 
utes in length." The duty this year was devolved on Rev. Bro. F. C. Ewer, formerly 
a resident and well known clergyman in San Francisco. The address is published at 
length, and, as all who know the brilliant orator might expect, is a document well 
worth reading and pondering. It is a stirring exhortation to the brethren to be " up 
and doing," in some way worthy of their principles and ability. But if our good 
friend and brother will permit us, we will ask if his ardent love for old style words, 
only to be found in " Webster's Unabridged," is not sometimes apt to confuse the 
ideas of his listeners and readers? For instance in this paragraph, where did Bro. 
Ewer pick up the sentence we have marked in italics ? — 

How is it, sir, in ofeher departments? Trade has its palaces; the Holy Church 
hath her spacious and lordly structures ; the State has its schools, its capitals, its 
hospitals, its treasuries ; Art has its glyptoteks; Science has its halls, its observato- 
ries, its gymnasia, its universities. But here is vast and compact Masonry without a 
single structure that it can call its own, on the walls of which are emblazoned the 
words " Love to all Mankind;" not a hospital, not a medical school looking to the al- 
leviation of suffering, not an insane asylum, not a single training school for nurses, 
not a roof for helpless age, not even a homely bunk into which the poor broken-down 
sailor may crawl away from the great storm of life. 

The whole address is so good that our brother will excuse this perhaps hypercrit- 
ical comment. 

The subject of the " People's College in Havana," and its transfer to the Grand 
Lodge, occupies a large space in the proceedings. As near as we can get at the 
kernel of this twisted nut, all is going on favoiably, and the Fraternity will soon be 
in possession of what we hope will prove a more manageable elephant than 
Horace Greeley & Co. found the " People's College " to be. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was, as usual, submitted 
by Bro. John L. Lewis, and, as we at first supposed, was from his pen, which all 
know is that " of a ready writer." But at its close, unknown to his colleagues on the 
committee (Bros. John VV. Simons, and M. Pinner), Bro. Lewis says the merit of the 
entire composition must be given to them, Bro. Simons having written the review of 
the American, and Bro. Pinner of the Foreign Grand Lodges. Whoever wrote part 
or all, has no reason to be ashamed of his workmanship, for it is all "good work and 
square work." 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 89 

The proceeeings of thirty-eight American and fifteen Foreign Grand Lodges are 
reviewed, our own for 1868 among the number. The foreign review is more full 
and interesting than ever before, embracing the proceedings of the following Grand 
Lodges : — 

England. Mexico. Netherlands. 

Three Globes (Berlin). France. Saxony. 

Royal York " Eclectic Union. Zur Eintracht. 

Hanover. Zur Sonne (Baireuth). Hamburg. 

Germany. Alpina (Switzerland). Italy. 

We would like to copy some of the sixty printed pages devoted to the review of 
the Foreign Grand Lodges, but must dull the edge of our scissors, or they will make 
this a most unreadable report. We find, however, in the notice of the " Grand Orient 
of France," this letter addressed thereto by the Grand Master of New York, on the 
complaint by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, which we copy as a part of the history 
of the case, and as indicating, perhaps, what course we ought to pursue in relation 
to the same matter : — 

Office of the Grand Mastek of Masons in the State of New York, 
New York, February 27, 1869. 

Most Worshipful Sir : — Official notice has been communicated to the Grand Mas- 
ter of Masons in the State of New York, from the Grand Master of Masons in the 
State of Louisiana, of your decree of the 5th day of November, 1868, in effect recog- 
nizing the validity of the " Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish 
Rite of the State of Louisiana sitting at the East of New Orleans." 

The objects and reasons of this recognition, as stated in the report of a member 
of your Council, and approved under your hand, appear to have .been : "To make 
Masonry serve the purpose of introducing into the customs of the people, so refrac- 
tory on that point in the United States, even in the North, that civil and political 
equality recently proclaimed between the white and colored races." 

The report then states certain proceedings had by Lodges acting under that 
Council to etfectuate these objects, and proceeds : " In thus acting, this portion of 
the Masonic, Order in Louisiana followed the examples and practiced the principles 
of French Masonry." This allegation is then sought to be established by the pro- 
ceedings of the Louisiana Council, and the report in " consequence of the above 
consideration," recommends the favorable consideration of the proposal for recog- 
nition. • 

The Grand Master of Masons in New York understands from the above recital, 
that the Grand Orient of France desires to make use of Masonry to introduce into 
the United States certain political principles of equality between the white and 
colored races; and for that purpose, among others, has given its Masonic recognition 
to what is universally considered among the Grand Lodges of the United States to 
be an unlawful Masonic organization, and the purposes to be effectuated thereby as 
entirely foreign to Masonry. 

This communication is written for the purpose of remonstrating in the most fra- 
ternal and respectful manner, not only against the recognition of this unlawful Coun- 
cil, but against the purposes and objects of that recognition, and to request that the 
decree of recognition may be recalled. 

It is further stated in the report which has been quoted, that the Grand Council 
you have recognized " has completed its work by granting a charter to some colored 
men to open a Lodge and confer the degrees of Masonry, and that recently three 
other Lodges have been formed by that Council of like material." 

The political objects sought to be accomplished through this recognition are en- 
tirely foreign to symbolic Masonry as conferred in the United States under its regu- 
lar Grand Lodges. No interference in political matters is allowed, nor any politics 
discussed in our Masonic Lodges. 

Not only is there no law of Masonry forbidding colored men from being made 
Masons, but our Lodges are exclusive judges as to whom they will accept, not vio- 
lating the ancient landmarks ; and colored men may be members of Lodges, pro- 
vided they are duly accepted. But they must apply to lawfully warranted Lodges, 
otherwise they are clandestinely made, and will not be acknowledged by Masons, 
or received in any regularly constituted Lodge. 

The leading object, therefore, sought to be accomplished by the decree will 
totally fail, if attempted by the unlawful means stated in the report. 

Long before this unlawful Grand Council was organized, there existed, and still 
exists, a Grand Lodge of Masons recognized by every Grand Lodge in the United 
States as in the lawful and exclusive exercise, within that State, of the right to make 
Masons and confer the first three degrees of Masonry. The Grand Lodges in the 

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United States do not, and will not, consent that any organization whatever, whether 
Lodge, Council, or otherwise, shall be organized within the jurisdiction of an exist- 
ing Grand Lodge, for the purpose of conferring those degrees, or any of them, ex- 
cept by its authority. 

On this question there is perfect and absolute unity in opinion, sentiment and 

This, Most Worshipful Sir, is no aggressive movement against you, or the rightful 
exercise of the authority of the Grand Orient over which you so ably and honorably 

Conceding to you and to the Grand Orient, as is done in the amplest manner, 
your exclusive jurisdiction over those degrees in the French Empire, the Grand Mas- 
ter of New York demands of you for this jurisdiction and its Grand Lodge the like 

And. beloved and respected brother, however highly we cherish and esteem you 
and your Grand Orient, be assured that nothing less than this entire and absolute 
independence will be accepted. 

If your Grand Orient may give the weight and influence of its authority to an un- 
lawful Masonic body, or to one exercising unlawful powers, and for unmasonic pur- 
poses within the jurisdiction of Louisiana, and it is submitted to, the same may be 
done by the Grand Orient toward this jurisdiction, and that must also be permitted. 

This can never be done without causing a total change of the present most cordial 
and peaceful existing relations between the two Grand Bodies. This is so greatly to 
be deplored on our part, that your earnest attention is called to the subject. 

Most Worshipful Sir, the Grand Lodge of New York is under many obligations to 
the Grand Orient of France. They are not only acknowledged cheerfully, but they 
are appreciated, and will be kindly cherished as among its happiest recollections, 
and it is therefore with the greatest regret that its Grand Master has been compelled 
to remonstrate with the Grand Orient for the decree it has granted. 

Trusting that you will consider the causes and facts stated as a sufficient ground 
for the decisive language of this communication, as it is written solely to bring to 
your knowledge the existing state of affairs arising, or sure to arise, from the decree 
of recognition, if not recalled, that you will therefore pardon the manner of bring- 
ing the subject before you in consideration of the importance of the matter. 

It is respectfully requested that you will reply as early as may be consistent, in 
order that the same may be laid before the Grand Lodge of New York for its ulti- 
mate action at its approaching annual communication. 

I remain, Most Worshipful Sir, fraternally yours, 

James Gibson, 
Grand Master of Masons in New York. 
To his Excellency General Mellinet, 

Grand Master of Masons in France. 

This letter, as well as a previous one, written on the same subject by a member 
of this Committee, has remained without answer or notice of any kind, and we are 
irresistibly led to the conclusion that the Grand Orient proposes to stand by its deci- 
sion, and to place a higher value upon the friendship of an irregular and clandestine 
association than upon that of the regular Grand Lodges, which have so long been its 
allies and co-laborers in the cause. In thus acting, the Grand Orient decides not 
only to approve the violation of our rights of jurisdiction, but invites a similar 
trenching upon its own prerogatives and the breaking down of all legitimate Masonic 
government. While we most sincerely regret this conclusion on the part of the 
Grand Orient of France, and are pained in being forced to adopt the course of action 
thereby indicated for us, duty to ourselves and to the great brotherhood of American 
Grand Lodges requires that we should hesitate at no sacrifice necessary to de- 
monstrate our unalterable determination to maintain intact the doctrine, that the 
right of jurisdiction is inalienably vested in the several Grand Lodges, and we there- 
fore recommend the adoption of the third resolution appended to this report. 

The notice of our California proceedings is genial and commendator}\ The Grand 
Master, Grand Secretary, and Grand Orator are all spoken of in high terms, and Bro. 
Simons has* our thanks for the kind and friendly notice he is pleased to make of our 
report for 1868. Referring to the qualified dissent we had indicated from our Consti- 
tutional provision for the suspension for non-payment of dues as being too severe, 
Bro. S. has these suggestions, which are worthy of consideration : — 

He regards the practice of suspending members for non-payment of dues as rather 
severe, but does not suggest anything better. In this jurisdiction we have tried both 
suspension and striking from the roll, which may be considered the two extremes, and 
neither have been entirely satisfactory. It appears difficult to reconcile the penalty 
of suspension from the rights and privileges of Masonry, for mere non-payment of 
dues, with the theory of the institution ; on the other hand, it is very certain that 

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striking from the roll simply results in increasing the number of unaffiliated Masons, 
because once a man's name is stricken off, it is optional with the Lodge whether the 
membership shall be resumed or not, and the individual, thus refused affiliation in his 
mother Lodge, refuses to unite himself with any other, and so rolls along through life 
without a Masonic home. We have sometimes thought that something between the 
two might be more satisfactory, and that suspension from the rights and privileges of 
the Lodge only, without affecting the membership, such suspension to cease by the 
act of paying the dues, might be found to work more satisfactorily, and with greater 
justice to all parties than either of the plans heretofore in vogue. We shall be glad 
to have the mind correspondential directed to this topic. 

Bro. S. concurs with our Committee on Jurisprudence in its report in relation to 
the taking of testimony in Masonic trials, and thinks the resolution about " caucus- 
ing" etc., about right. 

The Grand Lodge amended its Constitution in relation to the right of the Grand 
Master " to make Masons at sight," as follows : — 

Section 11. That the Grand Master may make Masons at sight, in person, and in a 
lawful Lodge, and may grant a dispensation to a Lodge for the same purpose ; but in 
all other cases, a candidate must be proposed in open Lodge, at a stated meeting, 
and can only be accepted at a stated meeting following, not less than two weeks 
thereafter, by the scrutiny of a secret ballot, and an unanimous vote, and must pay a 
fixed price before admission. 

What would some of our over-squeamish brethren in California, who are affected 
with an ague-chill at the very suggestion of publishing any of our Grand Lodge pro- 
ceedings outside, say to resolutions like these, which we find were adopted by the 
Grand Lodge of New York ? Would the " Keystone " come out and the whole Tem- 
ple fall ? Query ? 

Whereas, Bro. John Mahon, of Eastern Star Lodge, has reported the proceed- 
ings of this Grand Lodge since the year 1857, he being the first to publish full reports 
of our proceedings ; and 

Whereas, At the present Communication, he reports personally for five papers, 
and furnishes his notes to the reporters (profanes) outside ; and 

Whereas, No recognition of his services to the Grand Lodge has been made, ex- 
cept a donation of $50 in 1868 ; therefore, 

. Resolved, That $50 be appropriated to Bro. John Mahon, as an acknowledgment 
of his services to this Grand Lodge. 

There are six hundred and forty-two Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of 74,079. There had been 7,609 initiations during the year. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

We have not time or space to make an abstract of the many decisions of the Grand 
Master, which were approved by the Grand Lodge. 


The Eighty-second Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina 
was held in the city of Raleigh, December 7-10, 1868. The M.\ W.\ R. W. Best pre- 
sided as Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Donald W. Bain was Grand Secretary. Rep- 
resentatives were present from one hundred and seventy-one Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well written document, of moderate length, 
and mainly devoted to the consideration of local topics and the numerous decisions 
he had been called upon to make during the year. He deprecates the untoward in- 
fluence of bitter political feeling which had crept into and disturbed the harmony of 
some of the Lodges, and yet he commends the liberal use of the black ball, truthfully 
remarking that " Masonry is not elevated by numbers. A few good and true Masons in 
a Lodge are worth more to the Institution than a hundred drones and mischief-makers, 
and if the black balls were brought more into use it would result in good." 

He devotes considerable space to the ' ' Stevenson work " (whatever that may be) , 
which had been adopted by the Grand Lodge, but had become somewhat mixed, not 
to say muddled, by the "original Jacobs," Father Stevenson himself. The Grand 
Lodge tried to straiten out the matter, and succeeded, we believe, to its satisfac- 

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He had granted dispensations for the organization of sixteen new Lodges. He al- 
Indesto the death of several eminent Masons, one of whom, Bro. E. B. Freeman, 
had been a Mason in that jurisdiction more than fifty years. The Grand Lodge paid a 
josi tribute to his memory and worth. 

The Grand Master brings before the Grand Lodge the subject of a " National Ma- 
sou i> I and argues strongly in favor of the expediency, and as he regards it, 
necessity for such a gathering. We quote a page from his argument : — 

The work is to Masonry what the blood is to the human body, let it become impure, 
and the body assumes a sickly hue, and loses the freshness of beauty and of vigorous 
manhood. Destroy it and the body is but a loathsome carcass. So with the Avork ; 
let the craftsman see that it is impure, and the Temple reels with faintness ; let it be 
destroyed, and the Temple, the pride of ages, totters to its foundation. We need not 
wonder that this diversity exists in the work, for in 1843, when the Baltimore Conven- 
tion assembled, there were but twenty-nine States and Territories composing the 
Union. All the Territories of the Mississippi Valley, then sparsely settled, are now 
massed into powerful States, and teem with millions of inhabitants. Across the 
Rocky Mountains great States have growm up since that time ; the language spoken 
by this vast people has greatly improved — the great system of internal improvements 
has been brought almost to perfection. Four years of fratricidal war have desolated 
this great country, and three more of angry political contention in settling the issues 
involved therein have we passed through. Is it strange, if, amid all this grand and 
sad concentration of events, that men's minds should, to some extent, fail to retain 
accurately, the immemorial teachings of Masonry ? Is it strange that there should be 
variances? What better mode to reconcile these discrepancies, than to call a National 
Masonic Congress, and settle a great national uniform system ? Who could estimate 
the vast importance and benefit of the assembling together of Masons representing the 
Fraternity, from the Great Lakes to the everglades of Florida, from the golden sands 
of the Pacific to the sounding shores of the Atlantic ? A collection of wisdom, pru- 
dence and discretion, such as this, would add new lustre to, and shed new lipht on, 
our valued and venerated Institution. Such a meeting and greeting wou d be an 
epoch in the history of Masonry, and what more auspicious period for such a meet- 
ing ? The clouds of war have rolled away and the bow of peace spans the heavens. 
The political seas, so recently turbulent, have lulled themselves to peace, and this as- 
sembly of Masons might be one step more to the Union of hearts as well as of hands. 

We have already expressed our concurrence in the action of another Grand Lodge 
adverse to this proposition, and our North Carolina brethren, after due deliberation 
of the recommendation of the Grand Master, seem to have come to a dissenting 
conclusion. For although the committee appointed thereon, heartily and somewhat 
' elaborately endorsed the positions of the Grand Master, this resolution was adopted 
as a substitute for those submitted by them : — 

Resolved, That owing to the pecuniary condition of our country, the Grand Lodge 
of North Carolina deem it highly imprudent to take any action in the matter at the 
present time. 

It appears that at a previous Communication, a committee was appointed to ven- 
tilate the subject of the use of cyphers, in preserving a knowledge and rendering of 
the work. That Committee corresponded with nearly all the other Grand Bodies, and 
came to the conclusion that such a practice was both wrong, and not by any means 
generally resorted to. Their report was very elaborate, and apparently very satis- 
factory, for these resolutions reported by them were adopted : — 

Resolved, That the making or using of any letter or cypher to the true Masonic 
Work and mysteries, is not authorized by the ancient custom's of the Order, is con- 
trary to its principles and teachings, and can not, therefore, be sanctioned by this 
Grand Lodge. 

Resolved, That the true Masonic mysteries should be taught and handed down by 
oral teaching alone, as has been done from remote ages, and that any departure 
from this principle is fraught with danger to the Institution. 

Vive la humbug ! We like to see these " tempests in a tea-pot" stirred up occa- 
sionally. One can blow off a good deal of steam in that way, and very harmlessly. 
We venture to say that just as many "cyphers," if not more objectionable helps in 
the way of mnemonics, will be used in North Carolina as ever, notwithstanding this 
edict. And, if it were not against our principles to bet, we would wager one of our 
mammoth California melons against a North Carolina sweet potato, that the mem- 

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bers of that same committee have themselves " plowed with this heifer of Sampson" 
more than once, during their Masonic life. 

As near as we can make out from the proceedings, the Grand Lodge has at length 
got the elephant of " St. John's College " off its hands, by leasing the whole concern 
to a private individual, who has turned it into a " flourishing and successful school." 
And here it gives us pleasure to remark, that we learn from the report of a commit- 
tee that there are some three schools in the State established by and under the man- 
agement of the Fraternity, for the special benefit of the children of "poor brother 
Masons," and that all are in successful operation. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge during the year were $3,051 90, and the expen- 
ditures $2,663 34. 

Here are three resolutions which were adopted, which are certainly models of 
brevity and, as we think, of propriety also : — 

Resolved, That profanity and drunkenness are among the highest Masonic crimes. 

Resolved, That subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction are directed to vindicate 
the law in relation thereto. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary forward a*copy of these resolutions to each 
subordinate Lodge. 

If we thought it would cure some Masons that we wot of, of their very bad and 
vulgar habit of profane swearing, it would be a great temptation for us to try the 
sense of our own Grand Lodge on a similar proposition. 

The Report on Correspondence was submitted by Bro. Robert B. Vance, Grand 
Master elect. It is an elaborate document of nearly ninety pages, in which the au. 
thor reviews the proceedings of forty-one American and two foreign Grand Lodges, 
our own for 1866 and 1867 being among the number. The opening sentence is so 
beautifully expressed that we could not keep our scissors away from it : — 

One of the most pleasing features of our Ancient Order is the regular exchange 
of courtesies and kindly greetings between Masons in different parts of the World. 
Each Grand Body, though separate and distinct, is a part of the grand total ; a por- 
tion of that mystical chain which binds together the brethren of the Earth. 
Whether it be the wild Indian, on the vast plains of the Great West, the Russian in 
the frozen regions of the North, or the Southron in the tropics, where the Southern 
Cross blazes in beauty forever — the language is one, the brotherhood is common. 
We lift our hearts in thanksgiving to our Father, the God of the Mason, his child or 
his widow, for a tie which at once embraces the Globe in its strength. 

In his notice of California, due mention is made »>f the Address of Grand Master 
Claiborne, and of the Reports on Correspondence by Bros. Rhees and Owen. W 7 ith 
the former, he is disposed to break a lance for some expressions about the war, but 
the best thing he says about all that is contained in this brief sentence : " Is it 
not well to let the mantle of charity fall upon the past ? ' Let there be no strife be - 
twixt us, for we be brethren ! ' " Your hand on that, all the time, Bro. Vance. 

The number of working Lodges in the State is given as two hundred and eleven. 
The total membership, including resident Masons not yet affiliated, is eleven thousand 
one hundred and eighty-four. 

The M.\ W.\ Robert B. Vance was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Donald 
W. Bain was reelected Grand Secretary. 

Decisions by Grand Master and Grand Lodge. 

1. Ques. Has a subordinate Lodge the right to remit the quarterly dues of minis- 
ters of the Gospel ? 

Ans. No. At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in 1862, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted, viz: " That every Mason ought to belong to some 
particular Lodge and comply with its By-Laws and the general regulations in rela- 
tion to the payment of dues and contributions to the charity funds. * * * 

2. Ques. Does a candidate, who has been initiated, passed and raised to the 
sublime degree of a Master Mason, become a member of the Lodge simply upon his 
being raised ? 

Ans. No. If he is raised by the Lodge in which his petition was acted upon, he 
must sign the By-Laws of that Lodge; and by so doing becomes a member. If the 

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degreei are conferred by the request of another Lodge, he must sign the By-Laws of 
the Lodge making the request. 

:;. Ques. What is meant by " lawful information " when applied to visitors ? 

Ana. This information is derived from a personal knowledge, which can only be 
obtained from " strict trrol and due examination," or from having sat in a regular 
Lodge of Master Masons with him. 

jond. Prom the declaration of a known Master Mason, that the visitor is a 
Master Mason. 

I. Ques. Is a Mason who has taken the Past Master's degree in a Royal Arch 
Chapter, known in the Blue Lodge as a Past Master? 

ins. No. Not unless he has been regularly installed Master of a Blue Lodge. 

... Ques. Is it right for the Master of a Lodge to permit a petition to be with- 
drawn after one or two unfavorable ballots have been taken, or can a petition be 
withdrawn at any time after it is in the possession of the Lodge? 

An8. There are but two instances only in our judgment, when the Master may 
permit the petition to be withdrawn. 

First. If the petition of a person living beyond the jurisdiction of a Lodge, 
should be received and the Lodge was not aware that the applicant was not in her 
j nrisdiction, then it might be returned if no ballot had been taken. 

Second. If the petition of a person physically disqualified should be received, 
and the Lodge was not aware of his disqualifications until after the petition was re- 
ceived, that also might be returned if no ballot had been taken. 


The Grand Lodge of Ohio held its fifty- ninth Annual Communication at Dayton, 
October 20-23, 1868. The M.\ W.\ Howard Matthews presided as Grand Master, 
and the J8.\ W.\ John D. Caldwell was Grand Secretary. Representatives were 
present from two hundred and sixty-five subordinate Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is quite elaborate, occupying more than twenty 
pages of the proceedings before us. He announces the gratifying fact that "an un- 
precedented degree of harmony and consequent prosperity had prevailed among the 
subordinates during the year." He had issued dispensations for the formation of 
twenty new Lodges. 

One Lodge not only refused to notice and respect a written protest of a member 
against conferring more degrees on two Entered Apprentices, but ordered the same 
to be laid "under the table," and proceed to confer the degrees. The Grand Master 
very properly arrested the charter, and recommended that it be declared forfeited. 
The Grand Lodge approved his action, but in consideration of the fact that the 
above was the act of but very few members, and contrition having been expressed, 
the charter was restored. 

He brings before the Grand Lodge the fact that relief had been extended to some 
Ohio brethren by the San Francisco Board of Relief, and recommends that that body 
should be reimbursed for the same. 

Here is a suggestion that certainly appeals to one's s}-mpathies as a man and a 
Mason. For one, we can see no strong objection to the course recommended, and 
think that all Grand Lodges might thus provide for the intellectual welfare of its old, 
but often pecuniarily unfortunate brethren : — 

We have among us a large number of those who have been active and zealous 
Masons in other days, when blessed with health and vigorous manhood — who were 
ever unremitting in the discharge of their duty—yet now their enfeebled frames and 
tottering limbs prevent them from attending Lodge meetings, or enjoying the pleas- 
ures of Lodge fellowship. They cling to their early love of the Institution, yet feel 
that they have earned a respite from the burdens of the Lodge. As a token of appre- 
ciation for the faithful service, I suggest that the subordinates be permitted to confer 
on all who have been active members of some Lodge in this jurisdiction for a period 
of twenty-one years, the title of " Emeritus Members," relieving all such, during life, 
from the payment of dues and assessments, and continuing them in the enjoyment of 
all Lodge privileges ; and that for all members certified to be " Emeritus,'' 1 no Grand 
Lodge dues shall be charged. Honorary membership to remain as it is— being con- 
ferred only on Masons who have rendered valuable service to the Institution, not ac- 
tive members of the Lodge conferring it. 

The receipts for the year were $25,903 U, and the expenditures were $12,682 15- 

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An excellent oration by Grand Orator Wyllys Hall, is published at length in the 
proceedings, and is well worth the space it occupies. It is an able production, and 
it would give us pleasure to quote liberally therefrom. Particularly do we think our 
brother sound on the positions taken by him in relation to Masonry and the church. 

The action of Erie Lodge, No. 239, in suspending indefinitely a brother for " deny- 
ing in open Lodge the authenticity of the Sacred Scriptures, and ridiculing the same, 
and asserting that the same is in no way essential to Masonry," was approved by 
the Grand Lodge, and rightly too. Why do Lodges take in such rotten and base 
materials ? 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was submitted by the Chair- 
man, Bro. Wm. M. Cunningham. In it he reviews the proceedings of thirty-two 
Grand Lodges, including our own for 1867. He commends our system of requiring 
returns from subordinate Lodges before the meeting of the Grand Lodge, and hopes 
the Ohio Grand Lodge will adopt the same. We hope so too, if that will enable the 
Grand Secretary to make up any sort of a table, or summary, by which we may be 
able even to guess at the number of brethren in the jurisdiction, for in the pamphlet 
before us there is not a line that furnishes the slightest guide in that direction. Please 
amend your ways in this, Bro. Grand Secretary, and confer a special favor on the 
undersigned and all other afflicted individuals charged with the duty of writing Re- 
ports on Correspondence. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 
Decisions by Grand Lodge. 

1. A brother who was appointed and served as Warden of a Lodge under dispen- 
sation is eligible to the office of W. M. 

2. A brother suspended for non payment of dues is not eligible to the office of 
W. M. during such suspension. 

3. A Lodge can not call from labor to refreshment from one day to another. The 
Lodge must be closed on the same day on which it is opened. 

4. The petitioners for a new Lodge who are members of a consenting or recom- 
mending Lodge, can not, while such new Lodge is working under dispensation, vote 
or hold office in such consenting or recommeding Lodge. 

5. A person who has lost a hand, an arm, a foot, a leg, oris deficient in any of his 
limbs or senses, can not be made a Mason. 

6. No Mason can vouch for a brother unless he has sat in a Lodge with him, or 
has examined him by appointment of the W. M. 

7. If a Lodge of E. A. or F. C. is opened for any purpose, such Lodge must be 
duly closed. If, while either of said Lodges is at refreshment, a M. M. Lodge is 
opened, the closing of the latter will not close the former. 

8. An objection to the advancement of a candidate after a clear ballot suspends 
the operation of the ballot. When the objection is withdrawn the Lodge may pro- 
ceed to confer the degree without further ballot. 

9. A vote of a majority of the members present at a stated meeting is all that is 
necessary to grant a dimit. 

10. A Master Mason in good standing is always entitled to a dimit, and the same 
should be granted him when applied for at a stated meeting of the Lodge. 

11. A Master Mason holding a dimit from a Lodge, in the jurisdiction of any other 
Grand Lodge, is not required to reside in the jurisdiction of a Lodge in this State for 
the period of one year before presenting his petition for membership, but may pre- 
sent at it any stated meeting of a Lodge. 


Our next door neighbors to the north of us on the Pacific Coast, held their eight- 
eenth Annual Communication in the city of Portland, June 22, 1868, — the M.\ W.\ 
Avery A. Smith presiding as Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ J. E. Hurford being 
Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from twenty-six chartered Lodges 
and four U. D 

The Address of the Grand Master is of fair proportions, very well written, and is 
mainly occupied with matters of local interest. He had issued dispensations for the 
formation of four new Lodges, and had refused an application for a fifth. He says he 
has been kept busy most of the time in considering and answering questions. Of 

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this work lie submits twenty-nine as specimens for the approval or otherwise of the 
Grand Lodge. 

In bringing before the Grand Lodge the unmasonic conduct of the brethren of a 
certain Lodge, the Grand Master hurls this well-aimed stone at the heads of guilty 
ones. How many of our readers feel like dodging? 

I am also sorry to say, brethren, that profanity has been and is now indulged in 
by many members of the Masonic institution to such an extent that my attention has 
been called to it during the past year by persons in and out of the Order. And I re- 
gret to say there are a few who even reject the teachings of that " Great Light" which 
should be the guide of every Mason's faith and practice. This evil, so prevalent at 
the present time, should receive the consideration of this and all other Grand Lodges 
of Masons, if they would exert that moral power and influence which the intelligent, 
the good, the true in society should wield over others, and which Masons should seek 
alter above all things else. A Mason who believes it right for him to curse and swear 
and utter the name of God in any other manner than with that awe and reverence 
due from the creature to his Creator, ignores the moral law and is false to his profes- 
sions ami his duty, and is of greater injury to Masonry than all the anti-Masons in the 
world, with all their slanderous vituperations. • 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was submitted by Bro. S. F. 
Chadwick, and it is one of which he may well feel proud. The proceedings of thirty- 
eight Grand Lodges are thoroughly reviewed. He quotes much and approvingly from 
the Address of our Grand Master Claiborne in 1867, and characterizes Bro. Buck- 
bee's Oration as " a valuable and instructive paper." Commendatory notice is also 
made of the Report of Bro. Owen and the work of the San Francisco Board of Re- 
lief. In commenting upon the difficulty between Oregon and Washington, Bro. C« 
of course takes the part of his own Grand Lodge, but his strictures upon the course 
of Washington are gentlemanly and fraternal, and we hope the whole difficulty may 
be settled in the same amicable spirit. 

The receipts of the year were $3,572 90, and the expenditures $3,495 12. 

A committee appointed to report a plan for " Special Masonic Relief," submitted 
the following, which lies over for consideration at the next Annual Communication. 
It adopts substantially the half-way Life Insurance policy which has recently become 
so popular with our fellow-citizens. In theory all appears well, and we sincerely 
hope that actual practice will not disappoint its advocates : — 

Resolved, 1. It is hereby recommended to the several Lodges in this jurisdiction 
that they severally adopt and take measures to carry out the plan of special Masonic 
relief proposed in this Grand Lodge, substantially as follows : — 

1. Each brother agreeing thereto shall pay to the Secretary of his Lodge the sum 
of one dollar and a half, and have his name registered in a book kept for the purpose, 
together with the name of his wife, or if the brother be single, with the name of the 
person he desires to receive the benefit. 

2. The money thus collected by the Secretaries of Lodges, shall be transmitted to 
the office of the Grand Secretary, to be a fund of special Masonic relief, according to 
the present plan. One half dollar of each first payment shall be appropriated to the 
purchase of stationery and other needed expenditures. 

3. On the death of a brother whose name is registered as aforesaid, the Secretary 
of his Lodge shall notify the Grand Secretary of the fact, together with the name and 
address of the widow, or other beneficiary, accompanying his communication with 
the seal of the Lodge. The Grand Secretary shall thereupon transmit to the widow 
or beneficiary the funds collected from the several Lodges, excepting that retained, 
as aforesaid, for necessary expenditures. 

4. On being notified of the death of a member of the relief fund, the Grand Secre- 
tary shall communicate the fact to the Lodges of this jurisdiction which may have 
adopted the plan proposed, and the Secretaries of these Lodges shall notify the breth- 

5. Each brother notified of the death of a member, shall, within two weeks, pay to 
the Secretary of his Lodge one dollar, to be forwarded to the Grand Secretary as in 
the case of the first payment, to form a fund for the relief of the widow or other de- 
pendent of the next brother who may be called away by death, in the same manner 
as hereinbefore stated. Any member of this relief fund failing to pay when notified 
of the death of a brother, shall cease to be a member, and can only be reinstated by 
renewing his membership, according to Article I, of this plan. 

6. The Secretary of each Lodge adopting this plan of special Masonic relief shall 
be entitled to retain three per cent., and the Grand Secretary two per cent, of the 

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funds received by them respectively, as a compensation for their services, and for the 
expense incurred in the discharge of their special duties pertaining to this fund. 

7. Any alteration in this plan shall be proposed, and if approved, shall be first 
adopted in a regular Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. 

Resolved, 2. That it is hereby made the duty of the Grand Secretary and of the 
Secretaries of Lodges approving this plan of Masonic relief, to carry out the provisions 
of said plan so far as it relates to their respective offices. 

There are thirty-two Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 1,203. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 
Abstract of Decisions, 

1. No person can be initiated, passed or raised in this jurisdiction who is unable to 
read and write, as every applicant must sign his petition in his own handwriting. 

2. A Lodge under dispensation has authority to enter, pass and raise candidates 
only. It cannot affiliate members upon dimits. 

3. A brother must have sat in ope.i Lodge with another within one year, before he 
can properly vouch for him ; otherwise he should be examined. 

4. No Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, or Junior Warden can resign or dimit 
after consenting to an election by being installed, until the expiration of his term of 

5. On the presentation of a petition for the degrees or affiliation, a vote should be 
taken on its reception, and the vote must be unanimous in order to insure its reference 
to a committee. 

6. No brother can be installed Worshipful Master of a subordinate Lodge in this 
jurisdiction until he shall have received the Past Master's degree. 

7. A Worshipful Master, Senior or Junior Warden of a subordinate Lodge in this 
jurisdiction cannot be a petitioner for a new Lodge during their term of office. 

8. A petition for the degrees, after having been received and referred to a commit- 
tee, cannot be withdrawn. 

9. Every brother who receives the third degree in a subordinate Lodge becomes 
a member of the Lodge that confers it, unless by special request the work is done for 
another Lodge. 

10. A Lodge can compel any non-affiliated brother within its jurisdiction to pay 
dues, and if he refuse or fail to do so, can indefinitely suspend him ; provided he has 
not applied for membership and been rejected. 

11. Any non-affiliated Master Mason who refuses to contribute the usual yearly 
dues to the Lodge under whose jurisdiction he resides, shall be deprived of the pri- 
vilege of joining in Masonic processions, of receiving assistance, and of Masonic 

12. A Lodge cannot be opened for the transaction of any business in the absence 
of the Master and both Wardens, except by the Grand Master or his Deputy. 

13. In the absence of the Worshipful Master the Senior Warden presides ; and in 
the absence of Master and Senior Warden, the Junior Warden presides, who has the 
power to confer degrees and transact any other business as the Master might do if 

14. Any member of a Lodge in this jurisdiction whose name has been stricken 
from the roll for non-payment of dues, reinstates himself by making payment. 

15. Every Mason who refuses to obey the summons of a Lodge of Master Masons, 
or its Worshipful Master, whether he be a member or otherwise, commits an offense 
against Masonry which demands stringent discipline. 

10. A candidate who has been irregularly made a Mason by a Lodge in good 
standing, cannot be declared a clandestine made Mason, or refused the rights and 
benefits of the Order; he not being held responsible for the improper act of the 
Lodge that initiated him. 

17. The Worshipful Master has the right to place either of the Wardens or a 
brother from the floor in the East, and permit him to confer either of the degrees 
after having opened his Lodge. 

18. A Lodge cannot deprive an accused brother of counsel when the report 
oomes before the Lodge for final action, provided the counsel is a Master Mason in 
good standing. 

19. Where a candidate is a seafaring man and resides on his vessel and has no 
fixed permanent residence, he may make application for the degrees of Masonry to 
any Lodge located at any port to which he may sail after twelve months. 


The pamphlet sent to us for review contains an " abstract of the proceedings of 
the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania," being extracts merely from the minutes of the 
Quarterly and Annual Communications during the year 1868. Such " abstracts " are 


98 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

as unsatisfactory to us as is an abridged dictionary. They generally leave out just 
what we wish to know, and contain any quantity of material that no one outside of 
the particular jurisdiction cares anything about. Our Pennsylvania, like our Massa- 
chusetts brethren, seem to be afraid to let their brethren abroad know what is going 
on among the craft in those localities, and hence one-half the time their pens, if not 
their mouths, are as close as an oyster. 

The Quarterly Communication was held at Philadelphia, December 2, 1868, — the 
Jf.\ W.\ Richard Vaux presiding as Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ John Thomp- 
son being Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from one hundred and 
thirty Lodges. The principal business at this Communication was the election of 
the Grand Officers, and the same faithful brethren above-named were reelected. Cer- 
tain local reports were also submitted, and some action had relative to the new Ma- 
sonic Temple, but we find nothing demanding further notice. 

The Annual Communication was held in Philadelphia, December 28, &c, 1868 ; 
the same Grand Officers presiding, but no mention is made or list given of the Lodges 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well written paper, occupying twenty- 
eight pages of the pamphlet before us. It is followed by the oration delivered by the 
Grand Master, on the occasion of laying the corner-stone of the new Masonic Temple, 
which occupies twenty-four pages more. 

The Grand Master congratulates the Grand Lodge on the peace, harmony and pros- 
perity that had generally prevailed in the Lodges throughout the jurisdiction. He 
also congratulates all on the undisturbed fraternal relations existing between Penn- 
sylvania and all other Grand Lodges. He again takes occasion to call the attention 
of Grand Masters elsewhere to his repeated suggestions, and wishes that " brethren 
of this jurisdiction visiting other jurisdictions should not be subjected to all ihose forms 
of examination which therein are customary, but with us are not regarded as essen- 
tial knowledge precedent to such visitation." 

As all difficulties between the Grand Lodges of Virginia and West Virginia had 
been amicably adjusted, the Grand Master had recommended the acknowledgment of 
the latter, and friendly relations therewith as a sister Grand Lodge. 

While expressing his satisfaction at the general and rapid progress of Freemasonry 
throughout the United States, Grand Master Vaux utters these well-weighed and 
thoughtful suggestions, which we quote and heartily commend to the consideration 
of our own Lodges : — 

Thus it is Freemasonry grows ; thus are her borders enlarged and her 
stakes strengthened. Without wishing to assume ' to be holier than thou, ? we would, 
in the most fraternal solicitude for the real welfare of the craft everywhere, beg 
leave to remark, that the greatest danger to which Freemasonry is now exposed, is 
from enemies within, notffwse without. Making members of the craft, is not neces- 
sarily making Masons. There is too great a desire to increase the number of mem- 
bers, for peradventure the number of Masons is not thereby increased. Strict trial, 
severe tests, careful examination, thorough investigation into fitness; caution, pru- 
dence, due consideration, and above all, moral courage to do the duty which these 
virtues demand, are now essential in all Lodges as precedent conditions to a favora- 
ble report on those who apply for the rights and privileges of Masonry. These are 
the guards which are stationed at every portal of the Temple. Woe unto that man 
who by deceit or lack of examination passes them unchallenged — but woe to those 
who are thus made their associates. Once destroy the harmony of fraternal unity in 
the craft, and the enemy is thus in our very midst. 

He states that there are two hundred and fifty-nine working Lodges in Pennsyl- 
vania, having a membership of twenty-nine thousand eight hundred and forty. 

The Grand Master gives us a full and interesting account of the imposing cere- 
monies attending the laying of the corner-stone of the New Masonic Temple in Phila- 
delphia, June 24, 1868, at which nearly ten thousand Masons were present, there be- 
ing representatives from nearly every State and Grand Lodge. The amount thus far 

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expended in this Temple, including cost of ground, is $209,344 77, and about $190,000 
will be required during the current year. 

Our brethren have not been sluggish in their Masonic charities during the, 
$3,100 50 having been expended by tbe Trustees of the "Stephen Girard Fund," and 
$2,565 from the " Grand Lodge Charity Fund." 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. J. R. 
Fisher, and occupies nearly eighty pages of the pamphlet before us. It is a full 
and able review of the proceedings of the several Grand Lodges, our own for 1867 
being of the number. Brief notice is made of Grand Master Claiborne's Address, 
and of the work of the Fraternity in our State. 

The only decision which we find recorded, is the following : — 

A petition cannot be withdrawn from any Committee of a Lodge appointed to in- 
vestigate and report. It cannot be withdrawn either before report made, or after 
report made, without the consent of the Lodge. 

Our brethren in " little Rhody " have big souls, and are determined to have a 
good time generally. This is all right, and were we in their midst, it would give us 
great pleasure to be occasionally " called from labor to refreshment/ 7 especially 
when the latter term was liberally construed to mean "Chowders" and "Clam 
Bakes ! " But when we sit down, as Chairman of the Committee on Correspondence, 
to make a literary rather than a literal digest of the proceedings of the " Grand 
Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, for. the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," we get so 
twisted up and bewildered with "Annual" and " Semi-annual" and "Special Com- 
munications," that we hardly know where to begin, how to go ahead, and where to 
stop. It is not the size, but the quality of the material that bothers us. But we will 
try and do our best. 

Here in a small, unpretending pamphlet of only forty pages we have the proceed- 
ings of a ^Semi-annual Communication of the " Most Ancient and Honorable " afore- 
said, held in Providence, Nov. 13, 1867, and of the Annual Communication held in the 
same place, May 18, 1868. Sundry and divers Communications held in 1869 will be 
noticed in due time. At both of these the Ms. W.'. Thomas A. Doyle presided as 
Grand Master, and the _R.\ TT.*. Charles D. Greexe was Grand Secretary. Represen- 
tatives were present at the Semi-annual Communication from eighteen, and at the 
Annual from twenty-two Lodges. 

We first find the report of a committee upon the Address of the Grand Master 
delivered at the previous Communication, generally approving of the same, but as 
the address was published in the last year's proceedings, we do not know exactly 
what was approved of and what censured. But as it is to be presumed our R. I. 
brethren do, it does not matter much as to our own ignorance. 

The sentence of expulsion upon a certain person of the somewhat uncommon 
name of "Hill," was confirmed. Served him right! Neither the Smith nor Hill 
family stand up for the black sheep which will occasionally be found among their 
widely scattered kindred. 

Our Rhode Island brethren have this way of exemplifying the work. The Officers 
of the Grand Lodge vacate their chairs, those of some subordinate take their places, 
elect a candidate for the first, second or third degree, as the case may be, deliver 
the lecture, and then give place to the Grand Officers again, when their work is ap- 
proved or otherwise, generally the former. At this Communication "Jenks Lodge, 
No. 24," did the work and received therefor a flattering vote of approval. 

This is all of interest that we find in the proceedings of the #em£-annual Communi- 

At the Annual Communication we find a report on the case of Bro. Overton G. 
Langley, where a Rhode Island Lodge complained that one in the District of Co- 

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lumbia had wrongfully made him a Mason while he belonged to the jurisdiction of 
the former. The committee are of the opinion that the facts of the case, which they 
give at length, fully justify the Lodge of the District of Columbia, and so report. 
The Grand Lodge concurred, and so this disturbing element was put to rest. The 
Grand Master delivered an Address, which is a model document, both as to length 
and matter. He congratulates the Fraternity on the prosperity and growth of the 
Order in Rhode Island. At the commencement of his term of service, three years 
before, there were but sixteen Lodgesin the jurisdiction, with a membership of 2,124; 
now there were twenty-four, with more than 3,000. Dispensations had been granted 
during the year for the establishment of two new Lodges ; and he had assisted at the 
dedication of five new Masonic Halls. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge during the year were $1,628 35, and the expen- 
ditures $1,839 43. The Grand Lodge revised their tariff of dues, to avoid such defi- 
cits in the future. 

There is no Report of a Committee on Correspondence ; and the Grand Master and 
Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

In a pamphlet of like size, for 1868 and 1869, we have the proceedings of— First, a 
Special Communication held in Pawtucket, August 6, 1868, for the exemplification of 
work. Second, Special ditto in Providence, October 26, 1868, for the installation of 
Grand Officers. Third, a Special Communication in Providence, October 27, 1868, to 
" constitute, consecrate and dedicate " a new Lodge, after which the brethren " re- 
galed themselves at tables richly and bountifully spread in the Council Chamber." 
Fourth, the Semi-Annual Communication held in Providence, November 16,1868. 
Fifth, a Special Communication in Providence, April 30, 1869, for exemplification of 
work. Sixth, the Annual Communication held in Providence, May, 1869. 

At all these, the M.\ W.\ Thomas A. Doyle presided as Grand Master, and the 
R.'. W.\ Charles D. Greene was Grand Secretary. 

We find nothing of special interest done at the Semi-Annual Communication. At 
the Annual, the receipts were reported at $2,036 50, and the expenditures $1,244 11. 

The Grand Master delivered an Address, in which he takes proper notice of the 
decease of some old and worthy craftsmen. 

Two former decisions made by him, that " affirmation can be administered instead 
of an oath " in certain cases, and that " a man who had lost one foot, which has been 
replaced by an artificial one, can be made a Mason," having been questioned, and 
quite vehemently contested by writers in other jurisdictions, the Grand Master devotes 
a page or two of his Address to a vindication of his position. He brings some strong 
and cogent reasons for his opinion, but as we are an outsider on that last particular 
question, we leave the discussion for our more pugnacious brethren of the quill. 

There are twenty-four Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 3,253. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were again reelected. 
Abstract of Decisions. 

1. By-Laws adopted by a Lodge are in full force until repealed by the Lodge or 
Grand Lodge. 

2. The only persons authorized to vote on a question before a Lodge U.D., are the 
persons named in the dispensation. 

3. A man who has lost one foot, which has been replaced by an artificial one, can 
be made a Mason. 


The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina was held in the 
city of Charleston, November 17, 1868. Grand Master James L. Orr, being unavoid- 
ably absent, the R.\ W.\ James Conner, Deputy Grand Master, presided, and the 
R.\ W.\ Robert S. Bruns was Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from 
one hundred and six Lodges. 

There is no Address from the Grand Master, and we read that " the Deputy Grand 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 101 

Master made a beautiful extemporaneous Address, which was listenened to with 
great attention by the Craft." 

The Committee on Grievances, in reporting on a certain appeal case, take ground 
opposite to that of our own. They hold that an accuser has no right of appeal, when 
there has been an acquittal on the charges preferred by him in the subordinate 
Lodge. We have already attended to this question, when reviewing the proceedings 
of New York, and will only add, that much can be said on both sides. No iron rule 
can be adopted, that will apply to all cases. 

The Committee appointed the previous year on " Masonic Lotteries,'' made an 
able and conclusive report, the gist of which may be conjectured from the resolu- 
tion which they submitted, and which was adopted by the Grand Lodge : — 

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Grand Lodge that lotteries (being a species 
of gambling) cannot be held under the sanction of a Masonic body for any purpose 
whatever, without violation of the great principles of the Order. 

Dispensations had been granted to open eleven new Lodges during the year. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $9,769 65, and the expenditures $8,204 06. 

The Grand Lodge passed a resolution recommending " the formation of Masonic 
Mutual Life Insurance Companies." Will there not be some danger of running this 
matter into the ground ? 

The sum of $100 was donated to the widow of Rev. H. H. Durant, a worthy de- 
ceased brother. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of the 
Grand Secretary. He reviews the proceedings of twenty-three Grand Lodges, our 
own for 1867 being one. The review is full, able, and written in a truly fraternal 
spirit. He mentions and quotes liberally, and generally with full approval, from the 
Address of Grand Master Claiborne. Bros. Owen and Buckbee also come in for 
their meed of notice and praise. 

We find no list of Lodges, nor any table of statistics, by which we can even guess 
at the number of Lodges or members. 

The M.\W.\ James Conner was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ Robert 
S. Bruns was reelected Grand Secretar}\ 


The fifty-fifth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee was held 
in Nashville, October 5, 1868,— the M.\ W.\ Joseph M. Anderson being Grand Mas- 
ter, and the B.\ W:. John Frizzell Grand Secretary. Representatives were present 
from two hundred and thirty-four chartered Lodges, and twenty-four U. D. 

The Address of the Grand Master is very brief, only occupying three pages of the 

He had issued dispensations for twelve new Lodges. He regrets to say that " the 
number of non-affiliated Masons is on the increase in the State," and he makes some 
valuable suggestions as to the duty of all such, to do better. Past Grand Master 
Charles A. Fuller had deceased during the year. A " Lodge of Sorrow " was held 
during the session, and an appropriate eulogy pronounced by Bro. W. A. Nelson. 

The name of " Shady Grove " Lodge was changed to "Jerusalem," andthe Lodge 
removed to said Jerusalem, but whether placed on ' ' Mt. Moriah " or not, is not stated. 

The receipts of the Grand Lodge were $17,541 94, and the expenditures $13,541 39. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. George 
S. Blackie, M. D., and though he makes all due apologies, as being a mere neophyte, 
he need not to be ashamed of his work. He reviews the proceedings of thirty-seven 
Grand Lodges, our own for 1867 among the number. He quotes approvingly from 
the Addresses of Bros. Claiborne and Buckbee, and heartily commends this opinion 
from our Committee on Grievances : " that committing an offence under the influence 
of liquor is no excuse upon a Masonic trial, because his condition is itself a disregard 
of one of the cardinal virtues of a Mason— Temperance." 

102 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

There are two hundred and ninety-eight Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a mem- 
bership of 16,996, being an increase of 1,206 during the year. 

The Mr. W.\ Jonathan S. Dawson, of Paris, was elected Grand Master, and the 
JR.\ 117. John Frizzell was elected Grand Secretary. 


The thirty-second Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas was held 
in the city of Houston, June 8, 1868, — the M:. W.\ John R. Fretwell presiding as 
Grand Master, and the It.'. W.\ Geo. H. Bringhcrst being Grand Secretary. Rep- 
resentatives were present from one hundred and thirty-three Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well-written paper of reasonable length. 
It opens with this allusion to the ravages of the epidemic which swept over the State 
last year, from the like of which, we hope our brethren will be spared in the time to 
come : — 

The past season was one of unusual sickness, and within the bounds of our ju- 
risdiction the bills of mortality are summed up by the hundreds and thousands, and 
especially along our southern border and seacoast the dark wing of the Angel of 
Death appeared to overshadow the whole land. 

Men deserted their usual avocations and occupied themselves in nursing the 
sick and burying the dead. It is in times like these that our poor fallen human na- 
ture rises superior to itself, and shaking off the shackles which have bound it to 
things earthly, assumes the heavenly mantle of benevolence and charity; and man 
stands, as it were, redeemed and disenthralled, the admiration of his fellows. 

Our own beloved institution furnished her heroes and martyrs in this unequal 
combat, and Masons took their proper stand in the front rank. I say not this in a 
spirit of boastfulness, but simply as an act of justice, for circumstances made me an 

For good reasons he had refused all applications for dispensations to open new 
Lodges. He proves that Masonry, not only in Texas, but elsewhere, " has become 
too popular with the masses, and in that very popularity lies her greatest danger." 

Two Past Grand Officers had died during the year. 

The Grand Master gives at some length a summary of the reports made to him by 
his District Deputies, but we find only matters of local interest therein. 

The receipts for the year were $9,288 24, and the expenditures $8,720 32. 

The R.\W.'. P. C. Tucker, Deputy Grand Master, submitted a report of his ac- 
tion during the year, showing that he had been no sluggard, nor mere ornamental ap- 
pendage to the Grand Lodge. 

The Committee on Grievances submitted this report, touching the right of a non- 
affiliated Mason to a Masonic burial. A certain Worshipful Master had decided in 
the affirmative, from which an appeal was taken, and as will be seen, an adverse po- 
sition taken. The committee are undoubtedly right as to the general principle, but 
cases will sometimes occur, where the enforcement of such a rule would be cruel in 
the extreme, and in so far unmasonic. But this is a question for each Grand Lodge to 
decide for itself. We are glad to see that this committee makes room for such ex. 
ceptional cases : — 

We are glad that this question is presented for the decision of the Grand Lodge. 
When a member of a Lodge, in good standing, dies, it is the duty of the Lodge, in 
whose jurisdiction the death occurs, at the request of the deceased, or upon solicita- 
tion of his family or friends, if it can be done with convenience, to accompany his 
corpse to the place of interment, and there deposit it with the usual formalities of 
the Order. But your committee do unhesitatingly declare it is their opinion that it 
is improper, as a general rule, for a Lodge to accord Masonic burial to a deceased 
non-affiliated Mason. When a Mason voluntarily ostracises himself from the Order, 
and seeks to relieve himself from the active duties and responsibilities of Masonry, 
by withdrawing his membership from the Lodge, he is not entitled, upon his demise, 
to demand Masonic sepulture. But Masters of Lodges may, in certain cases, usti 
their own discretion as to burying deceased non-affiliated brethren, regulating their 
conduct, in all cases, by the 21st Section of Chapter V, Article 5th, of General Rules 
of the Constitution of Grand Lodge. In this case, we recommend that the appeal be 
sustained, and the action of the Master be disapproved. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 103 

The Grand Lodge refused to repeal its standing resolution, allowing Masons to be 
members of more than one Lodge at one time, but did so in 1869. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. W. B. 
Botts, and is an elaborate, well-written review of the proceedings of thirty-four 
Grand Lodges, including our own for 1867. The Address of Grand Master Claiborne 
is characterized as " a practical and sensible document," in which opinion we fully 
concur. The most of his recommendations are highly approved. Our brother takes 
issue with our then Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, as to the right of a mem- 
ber to visit his own Lodge. He is of the opinion that the Worshipful Master has ab- 
solute power in the premises, to admit or reject. Still he would limit the moral 
exercise of the power to exclude, to cases where the Worshipful Master "had good 
reason to believe that such brother will interrupt the harmony, or be the means of 
destroying the good feeling so necessary in all well-governed Lodges." 

The M.\ W.\ Peter W. Gray was elected Grand Master, and the R.\ W.'. George 
H. Bringhurst was reelected Grand Secretary. 

The thirty-third Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge was held in Houston, 
June 14, 1869, Grand Officers as above, with representatives from one hundred and 
thirty-nine Lodges. 

The Grand Master's Address is mainly devoted to matters of local interest. 
Thanks are r'eturned to a kind Providence for the general prevalence of health dur- 
ing the year, as well as for the prosperity of the Craft. Dispensations had been 
granted to open four new Lodges. The receipts for the year were $14,379 02, and 
the expenditures $10,868 45. 

We infer, from reading some of the reports of the Committee on Grievances, that 
a little of the old traditionary reputation that once belonged, or was attached to Texas, 
has not yet wholly died out. What brass, for instance, it must have required for one 
to appeal a case like the following ! But he got his deserts, and all honor to the com- 
mitee and Grand Lodge therefor : — 

Hugh R. Jones appeals from judgment of expulsion of Bed River Lodge, No. 
116, for wilful homicide of Brother S. S. Boiley. Why he appealed we are unable to 
comprehend. If there is any merit or even mitigation in his case we are unable to 
see it. He killed a brother without cause or provocation. He met Brother Boiley 
in the road, and, after some words about a difference about some corn, he drew his 
pistol and commenced firing on Brother Boiley, who tried to make his escape, beg- 
ging him not to kill him. In answer to his entreaty he told him " he might as well 
stand and take it." He shot him five times with a six-shooter, several of which in- 
flicted mortal wounds. The judgment of Bed Biver Lodge is in all things affirmed. 

Another unworthy brother, and a married man at that, had sinned grievously, as 
King David did " in the matter of the wife of Uriah the Hittite," but pleaded that he 
was not the actual seducer. But he was expelled by his Lodge, and rightly, as the 
committee thus forcibly argue in their approval of the sentence : — 

He was tried and expelled ; a rehearing granted ; tried again and suspended. 
From this he appeals. He should be satisfied ; he ought to have been expelled. No 
man who is the husband of a wife and the father of children, as he was, is fit to wear 
the Lambskin of an Entered Apprentice, whose code of morals permits him to bring 
grief to the bosom of his wife, and shame to the faces of his children. He who breaks 
the vow of constancy to his wife is guilty of the violation of the whole moral law ; he 
drives peace and happiness from the domestic fireside, and brings woes unutterable 
to lie down in the bed with his wife and children. A man who as a Master Mason 
cannot circumscribe his passions and keep the vow that honor, love, gratitude and 
our holy religion all combine to enforce, cannot and will not keep any vow to his 
brother, wherever or however solemnly made. It is the duty of the Mason, as of the 
Christian, to let his light shine around about him, and the tree is known by its fruits 
in the one as well as the other, and the judgment of cutting down and casting into the 
fire of the evil tree is no less incumbent on the Masonic than the ecclesiastical tri- 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is from the pen of Bro. M. T. 
Mitt. He reviews the proceedings of thirty-nine Grand Bodies, and the whole tone 

104 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

and matter of the Report are so excellent and fraternal in spirit, that we feel like 
Btretching our brotherly hand across the continent and grasping that of our brother 
of the (lull" of Mexico. Bro. Mitt makes kindly and commendatory notice of our 
California proceedings of 1868, including our own first effort from this chair. He 
highly approves of the report of our Committee on Jurisprudence, that a brother 
employed as counsel for a brother in a Masonic trial should not be compelled to dis- 
close what had been communicated to him as such. 

There are two hundred and sixty-five Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of 10,506. 

The M.\ W.\ Philip C. Tucker was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ Geobge 
H. Bkinchurst was reelected Grand Secretary. 


We have before us the proceedings of the Annual Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of Vermont, held at St. Johnsbury, June 10 and 11, 1868,— the M.\ W.\ 
Leverett B. Exglesby presiding as Grand Master, and the R.\ W.\ Henry Clark 
being Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from eighty-one subordinate 

The Address of the Grand Master is mainly devoted to a detail of his acts and 
recommendations during the year. He had granted dispensations for the formation 
of eleven new Lodges. He is opposed to granting dispensations for a new ballot 
upon the application of rejected candidates, and justly censures the too prevalent 
practice of talking over Masonic and Lodge affairs in public places, and takes occa- 
sion to call the attention of brethren to this "ancient charge," which he well char- 
acterizes as " words to be pondered upon, and inserted in letters of gold upon the 
walls of every Lodge room": — 

You shall be cautious in your words and carriage, that the most penetrating 
stranger shall not be able to discover or find out what is not proper to be intimated, 
and sometimes you shall divert a discourse, and manage it prudently, for the honor 
of the Worshipful Fraternity. 

He states that the Craft in Vermont is in a prosperous condition. In 1862 there 
were fifty-seven chartered Lodges and two U. D. In 1868 there were seventy-six 
chartered Lodges and eleven U. D., a remarkable and gratifying increase, particu- 
larly in so old a State. Due caution is suggested, however, lest numbers be sought 
after rather than merit. 

The sessions of the Grand Lodge are hereafter to be held at Burlington only. 
The Grand Lodge receipts for the year were $4,883 47, and the expenditures 
were $1,500 32. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by the Grand Secretary, and 
is brief, being a review of the proceedings of some half a dozen Grand Lodges 

The M.\ W.\ George M. Hall was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.\ 
Henry Clark was reelected Grand Secretary. 

As the Grand Secretary omitted to give any tabular statement of the number of 
Lodges and members, we were compelled to add up the figures ourselves, and make 
the former to be eighty-eight, and the latter 7,023. 


The Grand Master reported the following decisions, which were referred to the 
Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence, but we do not find the record of any report 
thereon, from which we infer that they met with the implied though tacit approval 
of that body : — 

1. The effect of a refusal to ballot would be the some as a black ball. The ballot 
can not be said to be unanimous unless all vfcte. A brother refusing to obey any 
proper requirement of the Master or the By-Laws in this behalf is amenable to 
charges, trial, and, if found guilty, punishment. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 105 

2. There is no way in which one can be a member of two Lodges at the same time- 
If his Lodge refuse a dimit for improper reasons, the remedy is in an appeal to the 
Grand Lodge. 

3. Never allow your Lodge to be imposed upon by false representations as to age, 
for the purpose of procuring admission, without taking such notice thereof as would 
deter others from, in like manner, offending. 

4. The change of time of meeting of the Grand Lodge would not affect an annual 

5. The rule in this jurisdiction now is that one ballot entitles to the three degrees, 
unless good and valid objections are interposed. Under that rule the brother is en- 
titled to the Master's Degree unless good cause is shown to the contrary. If charges 
are preferred against him they should be tried. 

6. The officers of a new Lodge must be elected and installed as soon as may be 
after receipt of the charter, and the Lodge should be constituted in form. 

7. A petition once presented and referred to a committee becomes the property 
of the Lodge, and cannot be disposed of except by action of the Lodge thereon. 

8. The matter of objecting to the passing and raising of an initiate is, in a great 
measure, addressed to the discretion of the Master. There should be caution used 
that a man be sufficiently known before receiving the first degree. 

9. A majority vote is sufficient on an application for leave to form a new Lodge, 
and the petitioners are voters if they choose to exercise the right. 

10. An officer of a Lodge having been elected at the regular Annual Communica- 
tion, not being present, if, on being notified thereof, he declines to be installed, his 
place can not be filled by election at a subsequent communication. 

11. Electioneering for office never has been and never ought to be tolerated in a 
Masonic Lodge. 

12. Taking dimits from a Lodge, for the purpose of forming a new Lodge, or ob- 
taining a dispensation therefrom, gives the brethren dimitting no right to any portion 
of the property or furniture of the Lodge whence dimitted. 

13. A request for a dimit should always be in writing and state the purpose for 
which the dimit is asked, that the Lodge records may show the circumstances under 
which it was granted or refused. 

14. A dimitted Brother moving into and residing in the vicinity of a Lodge should, 
within a reasonable time, become a member thereof, if possible. If he neglects so 
to do, unreasonably, he would not be entitled to the rights and privileges of the 

15. An assessment for special purposes would not be considered Lodge dues 
within the meaning of the By-Laws. 

16. Officers of Lodges under dispensation are not entitled to be installed. 

17. Sundry members of a Lodge having presented a petition thereto, asking that 
the Lodge and its property be divided, and two new Lo .ges formed therefrom, it is 
sufficient to say that inasmuch as in the form in which the petition is presented, ac- 
tion could not be had which would accomplish the purpose apparently contemplated, 
the best course for the Lodge to pursue, is to give the petitioners leave to withdraw. 

18. If a Lodge cannot complete the business of its communication, it should not 
call off to another day, more or less remote, but close, and a special communication 
be called for completing unfinished business. 

19. There is no rule in this State to prevent more than one regular communication 
in a month. 

20. The only members of a Lodge IT. D., are the members named in the dispen- 
sation, and the Lodge U. D. can not, therefore, affiliate members. 

21. In no case should Masonic trials be governed by technicalities. Such action 
should be endeavored to be had as to develop the existence of such conduct, in the 
matter alleged, upon the part of the brother charged, as would render him unworthy 
of Lodge fellowship or the contrary. 

22. A Lodge should not force a brother to trial on the day fixed, when good rea- 
sons existed and were made to appear for a postponement. 

Since writing the foregoing, we have received the proceedings of the Annual 
Communication for 1867, held in Montpelier, January 9th and 10th, 1867, but owing 
to the late hour the same came to hand, we are unable to give any formal review of 
the same. 


We have received the proceedings of the Annual Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of Virginia, held in the city of Richmond, December 14, 1868. The M.\ W.'. 
William Terry presided as Grand Master, and the R.\ W.'. John Dove was Grand 
Secretary. Representatives were present from eighty-four Lodges. 

The Grand Master delivered what is justly characterized as an " appropriate and 

106 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

Masonic address." The Order was prosperous in the State, a gratifying and whole- 
some increase of membership having been reported. He had granted during the 
year fourteen dispensations for the opening of new Lodges. 

The G rand Master devotes a page or two to some well digested suggestions, as to 
the " qualifications of candidates." They should be, first, " of limbs whole, as a man 
ought to be." Second, "no bastard; but free-born, of good kindred, true, and no 
bondsmen, of able body, honest parentage, good reputation, and an observer of the 
laws of the laud.'' Third, of good moral character. Fourth, of fair intellectual en- 
dowments, so that "he be capable of reading, that he may enrich his mind ; second, 
of writing, that he may communicate his thoughts to others." The Grand Master 
adls some forcible comments upon these requirements of the " ancient charges," in 
which we fully concur. But, alas ! " black sheep " will creep into the fold, notwith- 
standing all possible precautions. 

He devotes a considerable space to the relations between his own Grand Lodge 
and that of West Virginia. We are happy to state that the overtures made by the 
former to the latter were met in a fraternal spirit, and all difficulties have been healed. 
The two Grand Lodges are now " in peace and harmony " with each other and u the 
rest of mankind," and so mote it be. 

The receipts for the year were $6,983 83, and the expenditures $6,448 24. 

The Committee on Correspondence " made a verbal report only." 

The appendix to the proceedings contains the names of all the Lodges and mem- 
bers, but as no summary is given, and we have not time to count up for ourselves, 
we are obliged to estimate the number of Masons in the jurisdiction. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 


1. It is inexpedient to make any change in the laws respecting the moral, mental 
and physical qualifications of candidates, they being sufficiently full and explicit. 

2. While there may not be any existing law of Masonry which peremptorily re- 
quires that a candidate mast be able to read and write, yet except in some rare in- 
stances, such a deficiency ought to be considered a serious objection to his admission. 

3. In all cases, whether on Masonic proficiency or moral qualifications, or for ini- 
tiation or advancement, or for membership, the balloting must be taken in the Master 
Mason's Lodge. 

4. A pledge to pay the annual fees required from non-affiliating Masons is not a 
pre-requisite to withdrawal. A member can not, however, withdraw unless at the 
time of the permission to do so, he produce the Treasurer's receipt for all dues ; and 
after withdrawal he can not be excused from the payment of such fees, except as 
the laws of Masonry provide. His refusal to pay such fee does not subject him to 
punishment, or rather he is alone punished by losing the benefits of Masonry. 

5. A suspended Mason is not liable to dues. 

6. Should any brother resident in Virginia, who may not belong to any Lodge 
under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, deport himself so immorally as to merit 
the reprobation of his brethren, or visit or work in any Lodge of Masons commonly 
called clandestine Masons, or any Lodge of Masons not working agreeably to the 
ancient ways of York Masons, the subordinate Lodge nearest his place of residence, 
or, if his residence be in a town or city where there is more than one subordinate 
Lodge, any Lodge in such town or city, which may first assume jurisdiction, shall 
have power to take cognizance of such reprehensible conduct, in the same manner 
as if the said brother was a member of that Lodge. 

7. If, indeed, the first offence be of a very aggravated character, and some se- 
verer punishment seem necessary to prevent its repetition, he may in the first in- 
stance be punished by suspension, or even expulsion from the benefits of Masonry. 

8. It is inexpedient so to change the present law as to make the Deacons of thi3 
Grand Lodge elective officers. 


The proceedings of the eleventh Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of 
Washington, held in Olympia, September 17, 1868, come to us in a very unpre- 
tending pamphlet, of less than fifty pages. The M.\ W.\ James Biles was Grand 
Master, and the B.-.W.-. Thomas M, Reed Grand Secretary. Representatives were 
present from ten Lodges. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 107 

The Grand Master's Address is very brief, and about the only matter of public in- 
terest stated therein is that a new Lodge had been opened in Alaska. So does our 
Order in America move towards the North Pole in one direction, and the Equator in 
the other, establishing the fact that " in every country and every clime are Masons to 
be found/' 

The receipts for the year were $902 25, and the expenditures $901. 

Here is all we find that we can copy or notice from the report of the Committee on 
Correspondence, which is short if not sweet. We hope the finances of the Grand 
Lodge will hereafter enable our good brother, the Grand Secretary, to add to this 
brief notice : — 

Bro. T. M. Reed presented and read the Annual Report of the Committee on Cor- 
respondence. The report was received and the resolutions and recommendations 
therewith submitted adopted, and the Grand Secretary authorized to print such por- 
tions of the report as he may deem advisable. 

The Grand Secretary (being the Chairman of the Committee on Correspondence) 
u deems it advisable," in view of the " situation," not to " push things " at the present, 
gladly awaiting a more favorable exhibit of the credit side of our balance sheet be- 
fore incurring the heavy expense of printing a long report, much of which doubtless 
would be " dead weight *' and of doubtful expediency or value to the Grand Lodge. 

There are twelve Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 348. 

The 3L\ W.\ Benjamin E. Lombard was elected Grand Master, and the B.\ W.'. 
Thomas M. Reed was reelected Grand Secretary. 


The fourth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia was held 
in the city of Wheeling, November 10, 1868,— the 31.'. W.\ Wm. J. Bates presiding 
as Grand Master, and the B.-.W.'. Thos. H. Logan being Grand Secretary. Repre- 
sentatives were present from twenty-four Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is a well-written paper, and is principally taken 
up with the consideration of the relations of his Grand Lodge with that of Virginia. 
We have already stated the gratifying fact that all difficulties between these two 
jurisdictions have been amicably settled. 

The terms proposed by Virginia and accepted by West Virginia were the following: 

First, That a majority of the Lodges which were in existence in 1861 within the 
bounds of the now State of West Virginia, shall give their allegiance to this Grand 
Lodge ; second, That the charters held by these Lodges shall be returned to the 
Grand Lodge of Virginia ; third, That the dues of these Lodges to the Grand Lodge 
of Virginia, which accrued from 1861 to December, 1865, shall be paid. 

The Grand Master had issued dispensations to open six new Lodges during the year. 

The receipts for the year were $988 63, and the expenditures $782 53. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence was submitted by the Grand 
Secretary. It occupies nearly one hundred pages, and is an able, well-written review 
of the proceedings of thirty-five American and three Foreign Grand Lodges. Those 
of California for 1867 receive extended and most favorable notice. Several pages 
are copied from Grand Master Claiborne's Address, and also from Bro. Owen's Re- 
port of that year. 

There are thirty Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a membership of 1,590. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 


Last, but not least, come to us the proceedings of the Annual Communication of 
the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, held in Milwaukee, June 9, 1868— the 31.'. W.'. Har- 
low Pease presiding as Grand Master, and the B.\ W.'. Wm. T. Palmer being Grand 
Secretary. Representatives were present from one hundred and forty-five Lodges. 

The Address of the Grand Master is short and to the point, making us feel like 
Oliver Twist, as if we " wanted more." He feelingly alluded to the death of two Past 
Grand Officers, well known and highly esteemed. 

108 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

He had granted dispensations to open three new Lodges, and had rejected the pe- 
titions for three others. 

Ho called attention to the unsatisfactory condition of the finances of the Grand 
Lodge, there being a deficiency of some $2,000. 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondence is by Bro. Gabe Bouck, and is 
decidedly sui generis. Opening with the statement that the proceedings of forty 
Grand Lodges had been received, and that "in several jurisdictions grumblings and 
murmuring had commenced relative to the Annual Report of these committees, 
oomplaining that they are tediously voluminous, and subjecting the Craft to a large 
expense for printing ;" the writer strikes out on a new track, which seems to be an 
omnium gatherum of the opinions of the various committees on " physical qualifica- 
tions," "jurisdiction," "amendments," "increase of the Order," "discipline," 
11 charity," " Peddlers," &c, &c, and finally submits to the Grand Lodge a series of 
resolutions, duly marked from " A " to " K," most of which were adopted by the 
Grand Lodge. 

We trust that both the committee and Grand Lodge were satisfied with all this, 
and if so, it is none of our business. So that we must be reckoned as yet among the 

There are one hundred and fifty-three Lodges in this jurisdiction, with a member- 
ship of 7,713. 

The Grand Master and Grand Secretary were both reelected. 

Statistics of the Order. 
From the several reports, we have compiled the following table of the member- 
ship of the Order, so far as can be ascertained, for the year 1868 • — 

Alabama, 10,423 Mississippi, 12,308 

Arkansas, 7,676 Missouri, 14,817 

British Columbia, 143 Montana, 355 

^California, 8,850 Nebraska, 921 

Canada, 8,022 Nevada, 921 

Colorado, 582 New Brunswick, 1,312 

Connecticut, 12,784 New Hampshire, 6,032 

Delaware, 922 New Jersey, 7,729 

District of Columbia, 2,380 New York, 74,079 

Florida, 1,783 North Carolina, 11,184 

Georgia, 13,167' Nova Scotia 880 

Idaho, 225 Ohio, 20,225 

Illinois, 30,229 Oregon, 1,203 

Indiana, 21,205 Pennsylvania, 29,840 

Iowa, 11,463 Ehode Island, 3,253 

Kansas, 2,645 South Carolina, 

Kentucky, 18,972 Tennessee 16,996 

Louisiana, 6,099 Texas, 10,516 

Maine, 14,120 Vermont, 7,023 

Maryland, 4,791 Virginia, : 8,000 

Massachusetts, 18,367 Washington, 348 

Michigan, 18,016 West Virginia, 1,590 

Minnesota, 5,000 Wisconsin, 7,713 

A goodly host, and of material too, generally, of which few workmen would be 
ashamed. As far as returned, there seems to have been 53,275 initiations during the 
year ; 11,514 affiliations ; 6,690 suspensions, including those for non-payment of dues . 
557 expulsions, and 3,238 deaths. The few "old women" who, at Pittsburg and 
Chicago in 1868 and 1869, belched forth their anathemas against " secret orders '■ in 

* For the year 1869. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 109 

general, and Masonry in particular, predicting the speedy downfall of the latter, will 
please note how rapidly their wishes are being fulfilled ! A few more such assem- 
blages would make our Institution so popular that we should need far more urgent 
exhortations for caution in the reception of candidates than we now find in the ad- 
dresses of Grand Masters. 

Once more, we lay down our pen, not satisfied indeed with our work, but so wea- 
ried with our appointed task that we gladly take leave thereof. 

All which is respectfully submitted, for the committee, by 

WILLIAM H. HILL Chairman. 

Wh ich report was ordered to be published with the proceedings. 
Bro. William H. Hill, from the Committee on Correspondence, offered 
the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That so much of the report of the Committee on Correspondence as 
relates to the difficulties between the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and the Grand Orient 
of France, be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence, with instructions to re. 
port such action thereupon as, in their opinion, should be taken by this Grand Lodge. 

Which resolution was adopted. 

The Grand Secretary presented a memorial from certain members of 
Mission Lodge, No. 169, complaining of the action of that Lodge in rela- 
tion to a resolution of censure of two of its officers by it adopted ; 

Bro. Robert McGoun presented a question, propounded by Bro. E. J. 
Cook, S. W. of Aztlan Lodge, No. 177, relative to the circumstances under 
which a Master may resign or dimit, or both ; 

Bro. Cyrus C. Cummings presented a question relative to the condition 
of an Entered Apprentice, who, having received permission from the Lodge 
in which he was initiated, applied to another Lodge for advancement and 
was rejected; and 

Bro. Charles H. Dillon presented a question relative to the ownership 
of the fee, where one Lodge conferred the last two degrees by the permis- 
sion of another which had conferred the first : 

All which were referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence 

The Grand Secretary presented a petition from Alamo Lodge, No. 122, 
praying for a remission of its dues for the past year ; which was referred 
to the Committee on Finances. 

Bro. Charles L. Wiggin, from the special committee to whom had been 
referred the Address of the Grand Master and the Report of the Grand 
Secretary, presented the following reports : — 

TotheM.-. Wr Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the Address of the M.\ W.\ Grand Mas. 
ter, have attended to the duty assigned them, and beg leave to report, that it is a 
paper replete with those lofty sentiments, those high and noble principles, which lie 
at the very root of the Masonic tree, and from which it derives all its vitality, its 
beauty, and its usefulness. We most cordially unite with him in congratulations up- 
on the steady and healthy growth of the Order in this jurisdiction, its general pros- 
perity, and its beneficent effect upon society ; and we rejoice that he brings us the 

110 Proceedings of the [Oct. 13, 

glad tidings that, between this Grand Lodge and our sister Grand Bodies throughout 
the world, the most kindly and fraternal relations exist. 

committee recommend that the action of the Grand Master in appointing 
Representatives near other Grand Lodges be approved. We believe the system to 
be I good one, and one well calculated to promote harmony and good feeling by re- 
oiprooal acta of courtesy and kindness ; and we congratulate the Grand Master upon 
tlu 1 selections he has made to fill these honorable positions, believing that in the 
hands of the distinguished brethren appointed, the interests of this jurisdiction will 
be well provided for. 

The remaining portions of the Address your committee recommend to be referred 
as follows : — 

To the Committee on Jurisprudence, so much as relates — 1st, to the violation of 
our jurisdictional rights by other Grand Lodges ; 2d, to the granting of special dis- 
pensations ; 3d, to abolishing the fees for affiliation; 4th, to balloting for degrees ; 
5th, to requiring one half the fee to accompany the petition and the other half pre- 
vious to initiation ; 6th, to amending or repealing certain General Regulations ; and 
7th, to making the office of the Grand Lecturer a salaried one : 

To the Committee on Charters, so much as relates to the granting of dispensa- 
tions to form new Lodges : and 

To the Committee on Finances, so much as relates to sales of land, or claims 
compromised by the Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Charles L. Wiggin, "] 
William H. Hill, 
George W. Gilbert, \ Committee. 
Henry H. Knapp, 
Fred. B. Chandler, J 
To the Ms . W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred the Annual Report of the Grand Secretary, 
have examined the same and respectfully recommend as follows : That so much 
thereof as relates to the constituting of Lodges chartered at the last Annual Commu- 
nication, and to the issue of sundry dispensations to form new Lodges, be referred to 
the Committee on Charters : 

That so much thereof as relates to transcripts of trial records and petitions for 
restoration, be referred to the Committee on Grievances : 

That so much thereof as relates to the issue of special dispensations during the 
year, be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence : 

That so much thereof as relates to amendments of the by-laws of Lodges and the 
by-laws of new Lodges, be referred to the Committee on By-Laws : and 

That so much thereof as relates to the finances of the Grand Lodge, be referred 
to the Committee on Finances. 

Your committee observe with pleasure that, during the year, many valuable addi- 
tions have been made to our Library, now probably the most extensive and complete 
collection of purely Masonic works to be found in the world ; and it is gratifying to 
them to say that, for this possession, great credit is due to our V.'. W.'. Grand Sec- 
retary, who, by his untiring efforts, has been mainly instrumental in securing to our 
Grand Lodge such an invaluable treasure. 

With regard to the records, books, and papers of the Grand Secretary's office, 
your committee can only say that they exhibit the same care, skill, and ability which 
for so many years has characterized the administration of the present incumbent, 
and tended so greatly to facilitate the business of this Grand Lodge. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Charles L. Wiggin, 1 

William H. Hill, 

George W. Gilbert, |- Committee. 

Henry H. Knapp, 

Fred. B. Chandler, J 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. Ill 

Both which reports were concurred in, and the references therein re- 
commended were ordered. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 7} o'clock this evening, for 
the purpose of witnessing an exemplification of the work in the second 

f n fend f (U%. 

Evening Session, ) 

Wednesday, October 13th, A. L. 5869. J 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 7J o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

The work and lectures of the second degree in Masonry were exempli- 
fied by the Grand Lecturer and his assistants, by conferring the degree of 
Fellow Craft upon a candidate who had received the first degree in, and 
had been duly examined and found proficient by, Occidental Lodge, No. 22. 

The Grand Lodge was called off until 10 o'clock, to-morrow morning. 

Morning Session, ) 

Thursday, October Uth, A. L. 5869. J 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 10 o'clock, the Grand Master 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the minutes of the sessions of 
yesterday were read and approved. 

Bro. Isaac S. Titus, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the 
following additional officers of chartered Lodges, and Past Masters by ser- 
vice within this jurisdiction, as being present and entitled to seats, viz : 

Temple, No. 14, John C. Hulse, Past Master. 

Humboldt No. 79, Francis Clendennen, Junior Warden. 

Acacia, No. 92, Albert W. Cullcm,, Past Master. 

Hermann, . v No. 127, . . .Henry Kenitzer, Senior Warden. 

Paradise, U. D., J. D. Austin, Delegate. 

Bro. James Lawrence English, Past Grand Master, appeared and took 
his seat. 

112 Proceedings of the [Oct. 14, 

Bro. Elias Jacob, from the Committee on By-Laws, presented the fol- 
lowing report : — 
To the M.\ 1T.\ Grand Lodge of California :— * 

Your committee, to whom were referred the by-laws of Lodges under dispensa- 
tion, and the various proposed amendments to the by-laws of chartered Lodges, 
having taiiiully examined the same, report as follows : — 

The following Lodges under dispensation, viz : Femdale, Mountain View, Buck- 
eye, San Simeon, Paradise, Wilmington, Hartley, Truckee, Pentalpha, Silveyville, 
Confidence, and Salvias — have respectively adopted the uniform code prescribed by 
the Grand Lodge. 

The amendments to their by-laws, proposed by sundry of the chartered Lodges, 
relate principally to changes of fees and dues and times of meeting. The approval of 
the Grand Master thereof having been given to the following Lodges, viz : El Dora 
do, No. 26, Martinez, No. 41, Ionic, No. 121, Nicolaus, No. 129, Lassen, No. 149, 
Harmony, No. 1G4, Alameda, No. 167, Claiborne, No. 185, and Oakland, No. 188, in 
accordance with our laws, we recommend the approval of the amendments to the 
by-laws of the above-named Lodges. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Elias Jacob, 

Miltox B. Braxsford, J 

John* Pashburg, [ Committee. 

Daniel Boody, | 

John Daly, J 

Which report was received and concurrred in. 

The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the i?.\ W.'. Bro. 
Isaac S. Titus from the Grand Master of Louisiana, accrediting him as 
the Representative of the Grand Lodge of that State, near the Grand 
Lodge of California ; and, upon his motion, Bro. Titus was received and 
acknowledged in that capacity. 

A petition from Abu ah McCall, who was expelled by Santa Clara 
Lodge, No. 34, on the twenty-fourth of November, 1868, praying that the 
action of the Lodge be set aside and that a new trial be ordered, was pre- 
sented by the Grand Secretary, and referred to the Committee on Griev- 

Bro. Richard Dale offered a resolution to rescind the twenty-second 
General Regulation, relative to the burial of suicides, or to modify it in 
such manner as to leave the subject to the discretion of the Lodges ; 
which was referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence. 

On motion of the R.\ W.\ Deputy Grand Master, the election of Grand 
Officers was made the special order for to-morow morning at 11 o'clock. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until this afternoon at 2 o'clock. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 113 

Afternoon Session, 
Thursday, October Uth, A. L. 5869. J 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 2 o'clock, the Grand Master presid- 

Bro. Gilbert B. Claiborne, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, 
presented the following reports : — 
To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the certain portion of the Grand Mas- 
ter's Address, in connection with the Report of the Grand Secretary, which refers to 
the issue of dispensations to elect officers at times other than the regular period, 
to ballot for and confer degrees upon candidates without the reference of their 
applications to committees, and to receive and act upon petitions of rejected appli- 
cants within a less period than twelve months, have only to report that the Grand 
Master has exercised his proper prerogative in the matters referred to, as provided 
by the Constitution ; that his will has been given effect by the Grand Secretary; and 
that no further action of your committee or the Grand Lodge is necessary to add 
weight to his action in the premises. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, ] 

Adolphus Hollub, 

John S. Ward, } Committee. 

Thomas H. Caswell, I 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

To the M.-.W.'. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred a question proposed by the Master of 
Temple Lodge, No. 14, in which he asks the decision of the Grand Lodge in the fol- 
lowing issue between his said Lodgo and Hermann Lodge, No. 127, report as fol- 
lows : — 

Temple Lodge received the petition of a candidate, and, having elected him to 
receive the degrees, conferred upon him the degree of Entered Apprentice. Upon 
discovering his difficulty in acquiring the ritual, owing to the fact of his inability to 
entirely forsake his mother tongue, which is German, at his own request Temple 
Lodge " recommended" him to Hermann Lodge, in order to receive the degrees of 
Fellow Craft and Master Mason, and for that purpose gave him an official document, 
duly signed and sealed. With this he petitioned Hermann Lodge for the remaining 
degrees, was elected, and was passed and raised in that Lodge. Temple Lodge now 
wishes to be advised as to which of the two Lodges is entitled to the fee for the work 
done by Hermann Lodge. 

The document submitted to us cannot be construed in any other light than as a 
relinquishment of jurisdiction by Temple Lodge — a simple permission to Hermann 
Lodge to confer the remaining degrees. It has no qualification which bears the 
least appearance of an intention by Temple Lodge to ask the favor of Hermann 
Lodge to do the work for them which they could not satisfactorily complete ; but 
the Entered Apprentice is certified as having been regularly initiated, and is recom- 
mended to Hermann Lodge for the remaining degrees. 

114 Proceedings of the [Oct. 14, 

Your committee are therefore of the opinion that Hermann Lodge is properly 
entitled to the \'w* for conferring the degrees in the case referred to. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claibobne, # 

Adolphus Hollub, 

John S. Ward, j- Committee. 

Thomas H. Caswell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

.7.-. W.'. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the question submitted by Bro. Robert 
Mi GrOUN in behalf of Bro. E. J. Cook, asking if the Master of a Lodge can resign 
and dimit on the same night?- -if he can, should he not resign before dimitting ?— if 
he can do both, does it require a vote of the Lodge ? — and further, if it is his duty or 
that of the Senior Warden to sign his dimit?— respectfully report as follows :— 

The right of an officer, in either the Grand Lodge or a subordinate Lodge in our 
jurisdiction, to resign an office, is distinctly declared in our Constitution in these 
words : " Vacancies in office, either in a Lodge or in the Grand Lodge, may occur by 
death, deprivation, resignation," &c. The right of " voluntary- withdrawal," which 
is the expression of our law, and means the same as the word " dimit " used in the 
question submitted for the consideration of the committee, is declared with equal 
distinctness in these words: " A member of a Lodge, in good standing, and whose 
dues are paid, may withdraw therefrom at any time by giving notice of his intention 
to do so at a stated meeting. 7 ' We apprehend that we are safe in saying, under the 
circumstances, that a Master of a Lodge can resign his office and withdraw from his 
Lodge on the same night, if he pursues his purpose with energy, and the Lodge is 
expeditious in the dispatch of business. If the Master, whom the questioner has in 
view, be a Mason of precision and order in the transaction of his worldly affairs, he 
would probably resign his office before withdrawing or dimitting from the Lodge. 
That, however, would be a matter of taste for himself to decide, and your commit- 
tee have no doubt that if he should avail himself first of his right to withdraw, the 
formal resignation of his office would be entirely unnecessary. 

As we are of opinion that he can do both of the acts contemplated — resign his 
office and withdraw from the Lodge on the same night — so we are also satisfied by 
the language of the Constitution already quoted, in relation to the right of voluntary 
withdrawal, that in such matters no vote of the Lodge is contemplated or required, 
unless a recommendatory certificate is desired. 

We make reference to one other clause of the Constitution, which seems to us 
well calculated to remove any doubt about signing the "recommendatory certificate," 
which is granted only by a vote of the Lodge. " In the absence of the Master, the 
Senior Warden ***** shall succeed to and be charged with the powers and 
duties of the Master." Vacancy in office caused by resignation we believe to have 
been fully contemplated when the word " absence '" was used in the quotation 
made, because we find the words " death, deprivation, resignation, removal from the 
jurisdiction, suspension, and expulsion,*' all in one category. The Senior Warden, 
therefore, as acting Master of the Lodge, would necessarily sign the certificate, hav- 
ing by law been charged with the powers and duties of the Master. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, ] 

Adolphus Hollub, 

John S. Ward, \ Committee. 

Thomas II. Caswell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

To the M.\ ^Y.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Address of the I 
Master wherein is recommended the abolition of the fee for affiliation, respectfully 
eport that, in their opinion, much good to the Craft would result therefrom 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 115 

that the reasons urged in the Address therefor are strong and sufficient. They 
therefore recommend to the Lodges of this jurisdiction that their by laws be so 
amended as to abolish the fee for affiliation, except so much thereof as will cover the 
dues provided for in the second clause of Sec. 4, Art. VIII, Part I, of the Constitution. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, ] 

Adolphus Hollub, 

John S. Ward, j- Committee. 

Thomas H. Caswell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

To the M.-.W.: Grand Lodje of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Address of the Grand 
Master relative to balloting for the degrees and the amount of fee which shall ac- 
company an application to be made a Mason, respectfully report that they do not 
feel authorized to recommend the amending of the Constitution so as to make the 
one ballot for the three degrees compulsory ; believing that a too frequent change 
0ii that instrument could only result in confusion and injury to the Craft. 

As to the other point, however, (that of the fee to accompany the petition,) they 
are of the opinion that the subject is already fully provided for in Sec. 7, Art. Ill, 
Part III, of the Constitution, which says : " in every case the fee for each, or all of 
the degrees, as may be regulated by the Lodge, shall accompany the application." 
This provision, in the minds of your committee, is susceptible of but one construc- 
tion, evidently having been framed to accommodate the two modes of bal!ot previ- 
ously provided for. The words " fee for each," above quoted, have reference only to 
such Lodges as may ballot for each degree separately ; and the words " all of the 
degrees," apply to, and are imperative upon, all Lodges having but one ballot. 

The conclusion necessarily follows that the fee for all the degrees must accompa- 
ny the application, except in cases where a separate ballot is had for each degree. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, ] 

Adolphus Hollub, 

John S. Ward, \ Committee. 

Thomas H. Caswell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

All which reports were concurred in. 

Bro. Charles L. "Wiggin, from the Committee on Grievances, present- 
ed the following reports : — 

To the Mr. W.'. Grand Lodge of California: — 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Charles Vaillant from 
the action of Parfaite Union Lodge, No. 17, in expelling him from all the rights and 
privileges of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and respectful^ re- 
port that the charge— that of divulging the proceedings of the Lodge-room to one 
not entitled to such knowledge — is admitted by the accused to be true. It has be- 
come such a common occurrence for the proceedings of the Lodge-room to be known 
almost immediately on the outside, even by pi ofanes, that it is time that an effectual 
check should be placed upon all who are disposed in like cases to offend ; and, as the 
• Lodge in the present instance has seen proper to expel the offender, your committee 
will not interfere, but recommend the adoption of the following resolution :— 

Resolved, That the action of Parfaite Union Lodge, No. 17, in expelling Charles 
Vaillant from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, be and the same is hereby 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

J as. Lawrence English, 
Oharles L. Wiggin, 
Isaac Up ham, 
James Barclay, 
Cyrus C. Cummings, 


1 \i\ Proceedings of the [Oct. 14, 

To the Ms, W.\ Grand Lodge of California:— 

Www oommittee, to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. Sewell F. Graves 
from the action of St. Louis Lodge, No. 86, in acquitting Bro. James H. McCain of 
charges preferred against him, have had the same under consideration and respect- 
, fully report that they see no good ground for interfering with the action of the Lodge. 
The eharge, as presented, is too general. It contains no specification of the particular 
reapeotfl in which the accused is "living in constant violation of the fundamental 
teachings of Masonry and conducting himself in a manner unbecoming a man and a 
Mason " ; whilst, at the same time, the evidence discloses enough to show that the ac- 
cused, upon proper charges, might perhaps justly be held liable to Masonic censure, 
ruder the circumstances, your committee recommend the adoption of the following 
resolution : — 

Resolved, That the appeal of Bro. Sewell F. Graves from the action of St. Louis 
Lodge, No. 86, in acquitting Bro. James H. McCain of charges preferred against him, 
be and the same is hereby dismissed. 

All which is respectfully submitted. * 

James Lawrence English, *) - ♦. 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, J- Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the M.\ W:. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Wesley Stevenson from 
the action of Gravel Range Lodge, No. 59, in sentencing him to be suspended from 
all the rights and privileges of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and 
respectfully report that the charge against the accused is that he was guilty of false 
hood. Truth is one of the virtues inculcated in Masonry. " To be good and true is 
the first lesson we are taught " ; but, at the same time, that which has been confided 
to one as the secret of another can not be revealed without dishonor. From the 
many contradictions to be found in the testimony in this case and in the case of J. G. 
McLellan, with which it is intimately connected, your committee are in doubt as to , 
the real facts ; but, from a critical examination of all the testimony before them 
bearing upon the case, they believe that if the accused was guilty of falsehood, he 
could not have told the truth without revealing that which had been communicated 
to him as the secret of another, and which he had promised to keep secret. Your 
committee consequently find that the Commissioners erred in their judgment, and 
recommend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolced, That the action of Gravel Range Lodge, No. 59, in sentencing Wesley 
Stevenson to be suspended from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, be re- 
versed and set aside, and that the charge be dismissed. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, } 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. James Shimer from 
the action of Yosemite Lodge, No. 133, in sentencing Bro. William Wheeler to be 
reprimanded, have had the same under consideration and report that Bro. Shimer 
appeals because he thinks the punishment should have been more severe ; but your 
committee are satisfied with the sentence imposed. It appears that Bro. Wheeler 
stated to parties that, by a letter which he had received, purporting to be signed by 
a responsible person, an individual (naming him) was pointed to as the incendiary 
who had destroyed a hotel belonging to Bro. Wheeler, but that he would do nothing 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 117 

until he saw that the letter was not a forgery ; and that a few days subsequently, 
when better informed, Bro. Wheeler corrected the impression he had made, by stat- 
ing that it was all a mistake about the individual he had named being the man. This 
was done some time before the charge was preferred. As Bro. Wheeler, by his 
prompt correction of his former erroneous statement, showed that it was not made 
wilfully and maliciously, your committee think that it was sufficient that he should 
be reprimanded. They therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolu- 
tion :— 

Resolved, That the appeal of Bro. James Shimer from the action of Yosemite 
Lodge, No. 133, in sentencing Bro. William Wheeler to be reprimanded, be and 
the same is hereby dismissed. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, 
Charles L. Wiggin, 
Isaac Upham, 
James Barclay, 
Cyrus C. Cummings, 


To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom were referred the appeal of J. G. McLellan from the 
action of Gravel Range Lodge, No. 59, in sentencing him to be expelled from all the 
rights and privileges of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and re- 
spectfully report that, in the opinion of your committee, the Commissioners erred 
in their judgment. The second specification is certainly not proven, whilst the evi- 
dence against the accused upon the first is that of a single witness, who is not only 
contradicted by the accused, under oath, but whose credibility is destroyed by the 
conflicting evidence of two independent witnesses. Your committee therefore re- 
commend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the action of Gravel Range Lodge, No. 59, in expelling J. G. Mc- 
Lellan from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, be reversed and set aside, and 
that the case be remanded for further proceedings. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, 1 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \ Committee. 

James Barclay, | 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the Ms. W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom were referred the recommendations of Hiram Lodge, No. 
43, and of Woodland Lodge, No. 156, for the restoration of Geo. Lipman, who, while 
a member of the Lodge first named, was expelled by the last, on the 17th May, 1867, 
have had the same under consideration and respectfully report that, in their opinion, 
the party accused has been sufficiently punished for the offense charged — that of 
using abusive and unmasonic language ; and, as it is shown that he is penitent and 
has the unanimous recommendations of the two Lodges in his favor, they recommend 
the adoption of the following resolution :— 

Resolved, That George Lipman be and he is hereby restored to all the rights and 
privileges of Masonry # 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Charles L. Wiggin, -\ 

T^«!2£U [Committee. 
James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

All which reports were concurred in and the resolutions accompanying 
them were adopted. 

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Bro. Charles L. AViggin, from a majority of the Committee on Griev- 
ances, presented the following report: — 

To the M.'. \V.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

The undersigned, a majority of your committee to whom was referred the appeal 
of William Iv. Cbeque from the action of Pilot Rill Lodge, No. 160, in sentencing 
him to be Baspended from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, have had the 
same under consideration and respectfully report — 

1st. That Whilst the omission to specify, in the notification for a special meeting 
for the election of commissioners, the purpose for which it was called, as is required 
by the Constitution, would be a valid objection, both to the election of commission- 
ers at a meeting so assembled and to a trial being had before a commission elected 
at such a meeting, yet it is no ground for the dismissal of a case. It does not, how- 
ever, appear in the transcript that there was such an omission in the notification. 

2d. That it is necessary that the notification of the special meeting should be 
issued under tlie seal of the Lodge ; otherwise, according to the Constitution of this 
Grand Lodge, it is "considered null and of no effect " — but no such omission appears 
in the present transcript. 

3d. That charges against a Past Master, for offenses committed by him whilst 
Master of the Lodge, are within the jurisdiction of the subordinate Lodge, and that 
Article II of Part VI of the Constitution applies only to charges against a present 

4th. That in the determination of this appeal, it is unnecessary to consider more 
than one of the six charges preferred, to wit : That the accused violated his duty by 
writing out " the secret work of our Order so that the same was legible and intelli- 
gible to him and others." The charge is admitted to be true, but the accused at- 
tempts to excuse himself by adding " as I had seen done by older and better in- 
formed than myself."' The testimony as to the paper is, "containing words, letters, 
and characters whereby I could easily read " the secret work. Another witness tes- 
tified: " It was written in plain English, with the exception of some Masonic abbre- 
viations, but I do not now remember what they were, and some of them would puzzle 
one that was not a Mason, or was a very dull Mason, to read them or know what 
they meant.'' It is immaterial that the paper was difficult to be understood, and 
equally so that the accused " had seen it done by older and better informed than *' 
himself. The fact that he had prepared such a paper, which was legible by himself 
alone, is a direct violation of both the letter and spirit of the first duty and obliga- 
tion of a Mason, and is deserving of the severest Masonic punishment. Your com- 
mittee therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the sentence of Pilot Rill Lodge, No, 160, in the case of charges 
against William K. Creque, be set aside, and that he be and is hereby expelled 
from all the i ights and privileges of Masonry. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English,] 

Charles L. Wiggin, > Of the Committee. 

James Barclay, ) 

Bro. Isaac Upham, from a minority of the same committee, presented 
the ollowing report: — 
To the Ms. W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— •' 

The undersigned, a minority of your committee to whom was referred the appeal 
of Bro. William K. Cr;:qce from the action of Pilot Rill Lodge, No. 160, in suspend- 
ing him from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, beg leave to report that. 
while the charges and specifications are sufficient to justify the sentence imposed by 
the Lodge, yet, in view of some extenuating circumstances connected with the of- 
fense committed, and believing that the accused was not influenced by improper 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 119 

motives, they are unable to concur with the majority of your committee in recom- 
mending a more severe sentence than that inflicted by his Lodge. They therefore 
recommend the adoption of the following resolution :— 

Resolved, That the suspension of Bro. William K. CREQUEfrora all the rights and 
privileges of Masonry by Pilot Rill Lodge, No. 160, be and the same is hereby af- 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

The hour for the special order — the oration of the Grand Orator — 
having arrived, the consideration of these reports was postponed until its 

The W.\ Frank M. Pixley, Grand Orator, then delivered the Annual 
Oration, as follows : — 

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 

and Brethren of the Grand Lodge : — 

The past ages of the world have each been given a name significant of their 
achievements. We have had the golden age, the iron age, and the age of bronze ; 
the dark ages and the ages of letters. Certain great eras of the world have been 
characterized by the peculiar and distinguishing features of their times. Some great 
prince or chieftain, renowned in war, has so imprinted himself upon the time that he 
has seemed to give direction to the whole world. Some celebrated philosopher, ec- 
clesiastic, or scholar, has so given color to public sentiment that history, in recording 
his time, is content to have but written his biography. Now, some new immigration 
from an overflowing hive gives new direction to events ; then, a great discovery of 
lands before unknown, or a great invention, as of printing or gunpowder, changes the 
current of events. Phoenicia had all the learning, Egypt had all the civilization, Rome 
and Greece became the world. Cyrus, Tamerlane, Gengis-Khan, Alexander, and 
Napoleon represented humanity. As a few men stand out from the dim obscurity of 
history, so a few cities represent the ancient commerce of the world. As one kingdom 
or one people loomed up and advanced in wealth, intelligence, and power, the remain- 
ing nations seemed to decline. The age of letters and scholarship was followed by 
the dark ages. The city of opulent magnificence became a desert. The nations 
that grasped tl^e commerce of the world and flourished as the great central empori- 
ums of trade, fell into decay. People of rude stock, advanced to highest civilization 
and refinement, and governing the world, in turn became enervated and slaves to 
some other power. 

In early days there seemed to be room for but one thing at a time — one philos- 
ophy, one religion, one great military leader, one leading metropolis, one great na- 
tion, one great idea. People had not become reconciled to a recognition of the fact 
that the world is large enough for all the people that will be called to live upon it. 
I am somewhat inclined to believe that there might be established a new school of 
philosophy, based upon the idea that this round world of ours, in its extent and ca- 
pacity, is sufficient for us. all and for all of our posterity for a long time to come ; thai 
its diversity of climate, soil, and productions suggest a variety of people, and that if 
it could be so arranged that no one would take more than he could use or occupy, 
there would be ample room for all his neighbors ; that if each nation would e/xpend 
the labor of its people more in cultivation and less in conquest, there would be do- 
main for all ; that if churches would individualize their labors and liberalize their va- 
rious creeds, stop quarreling with each other, and go to work soul-saving, they 
would find enough for each to do, and the devil would have a less prolific harvest 
than he now enjoys ; that there is ample space for everybody to enjoy his own opin- 

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and that it should be esteemed a greater privilege to have perfect freedom to 
think what one pleases for himself, than to force his convictions upon his neighbor. 

1 believe that this new era has already dawned upon the world, and that we are now 
coming upon the age of recognition of universal individual rights, subject to the re- 
straint of an authority only sufficient to secure those rights and promote the welfare 
of all. It is the idea of Masonry. In Masonry all men are absolutely equal except 
when, in the exercise of a principle of pure democracy and for the purpose 
healthful discipline, a brother is elevated to authority in the Lodge or in the Order. 
Steam, propelling ships and carriages, and electricity, conveying intelligence to 
all parts of the world, are now every day breaking down the barriers of prejudice 
and the resentments and jealousies of the world. One nation is no longer able to 
assume a superiority because of its lineage, unless it is willing to try conclusions 
with its ancient inferior in a contest of skill and labor. Xo people can. by reason of 
their race or color, arrogate a superiority over others without entering the field for 
a fair race. Xo individual has a right to say that he is better than another until he has 
given him the trial. The best man only wears the belt of the pugilist after he has 
fairly pommeled the champion who wore it before him. The world is getting too 
accessible, it is too easy to get around it, for any party or people to longer continue 
to keep up this sentiment of aristocracy of nationalities : and the sooner we make 
up our minds for the contest, the better we will be prepared for the encounter. 

Steam communication and telegraphy are working wonderful changes. If there 
are any especially good spots on this earth, the telegraph is going to inform e 
body of it and the railroad or steamship is going to take people to prospe . 
if they like it, they are going to stake off their claims and put their tools on it ; 
if it is rich, they are going to fight to hold it and make their own laws concerning it; 
and if anybody thinks he can stop them, or make the national prospectors for bread 
go home, or arrest the tide, or roll it back, or do anything more than attempt to 
regulate it, let liim try. 

The real truth is that nearly all the quiet places are taken up. Th 
tant land, no unexplored country, no terra incognita. Steam and the telegraphic 
wires have invaded all the sacred places. Picnic parties are made to Damascus and 
the Holy Land ; a railroad runs to Bagdad ; daily news of Haroun al Raschid— 
quotations from Moscow, Constantinople, and Tadmor— Persia, India, and Australia 
brought into daily contact with each other — news from ail quarters of the globe in 
the morning papers. A business man may leave his counting-room and run around 
the world; and, if he has no creditors, is not missed till his, return. Tl^re is no longer 
any repose in the world. Everybody is moving, and, I >ve, push on the 

crowd before them. Central Africa is giving up its secrets, and the land which in 
my boyhood was a land of fable and mystery, with its Mountains of the Moon, the 
unknown sources of the Xile, the wonderful race of men with tails, the mysteri- 
ous city of its center, is all explored and explained. The wolf and the white bear 
are now fighting in the northern seas to maintain their security on their fields of 
floating ice ; our hunters track the forests of Alaska; and the Okhotsk Sea is familiar 
to the lines of our fishermen. The great American Desert, laid down upon our school- 
day maps, is now the home of civilization and cities; and the great railroad of the world 
traverses its very center. The earth is so small that everybody is fighting for it. 
Russia is enlarging its boundaries to the A moor and wants Constantinople for its south- 
ern port. Turkey has nearly absorbed Greece and England has grasped India. France 
has taken Algeria and would have Mexico. Spain would reconquer her American 
possessions, and Cuba would conquer Spain, and Am 51 I capture Cuba. 

Prussia would be Germany and Greece would extend her ancient kingdom. Italy 
would grasp the extended empire of her ancient grandeur. The Papal government 
would reassert its supreme authority over the consciences of kings, and would 1 - 
subdue the wond to its rule. The same restless activity characterizes communities 

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and individuals, till the whole world is in commotion and ferment. Everybody is 
anxious to accumulate and grow rich. Wealth combines to monopolize, and the rich 
grow richer, the poor poorer. Everything is a jumble and topsy-turvy, and excite- 
ment rules the hour. A Wall-street "corner" can in twenty-four hours affect the 
value of the national debt forty millions of dollars. Politicians in Europe will pre- 
cipitate a war ; republicans in America will attempt to divide the country ; confu- 
sion is created ; conflicts ensue ; debt is piled up ; values are changed ; and nothing, 
as in the good old times, seems to be fixed and stationary. 

Laborers strike for more pay and less work ; and here I am reminded of a 
curious fact. The eight-hour law, now attracting so much attention, and, be- 
tween political parties, being so warmly discussed as to who is entitled to the 
credit of its suggestion, is an old and established principle of Masonic law and 
policy — older than any political party in existence, and older than the American 
Republic. "The twenty-four inch gauge is divided into twenty-four equal parts, 
emblematical of the twenty-four hours of the day, which we are taught to divide 
into three equal portions, whereby we find a part (eight hours) for our usual 
avocations, a part for the service of God and a distressed worthy brother, and a 
part for refreshment and repose. If we have added to our time of labor, it is to be 
hoped that it has not been at the expense or neglect of our higher and holier obliga- 
tions." Even the ladies — God bless them ! — are striking for higher privileges and 
clamoring for their just rights. They want to vote and become Masons, and I be- 
lieve they are Odd Fellows. If they attain to a higher power, or have the right to 
the exercise of any greater authority than that they now wield, I desire it to be under- 
stood that I was always for them. Wise, from a personal experience, I surrender at 
their first summons ; and, whenever the banner of the petticoat is raised, I enlist to 
do service beneath its folds. 

Out of all this agitation will come quiet and order. This is the ferment that puri- 
fies — the storm that leaves a clear sky and a pure atmosphere. Great battles 
will still be fought ; families will contend for thrones ; factions will arise in the State; 
people will be led astray and cut each others' throats for an idea ; commercial 
rivalries, trade jealousies, and labor excitements will for many years, as now, agi- 
tate the surface of society ; but the change is coming, and from the chaos order will 
yet be evolved. 

Amidst all this confusion and excitement, amid the din and clamor of the world's 
conflict, standing aside from this wild hurdle-race of selfish interests, — calm, com- 
posed, and serene— stands the grand old institution of Masonry. Like as amidst Afri- 
can sands the Pyramids raise their substantial forms — like as the solemn Sphinx 
looks unmoved upon the changes of centuries and the mutations of time — like as they 
have outlived the memory of their founders and now overlook the ruins of cities, the 
fall of obelisks, the wreck of temples, the change of dynasties, the passing current 
of generations,— so stands our ancient Order. Who founded it, or how or why or 
when it sprang into existence, we may never know, nor is it profitable to inquire. 
Whether we believe, with Preston, that its birth is coeval with the creation of man, 
or whether we find its origin in the religious mysteries of the ancient world ; wheth- 
er it gave association to the architects of Tyre, or sprang from the Dionysiac frater- 
nity ; whether Egypt or Greece is its birth-place ; whether it was created by kings 
and had Solomon and Hiram for its sponsors, or whether in osier-basket it was left 
amid the bulrushes of the Nile ; whether the building of Solomon's Temple was a 
suggestion of the necessity of Trade Guilds to protect the operative Mason in traveling 
in Greece, Italy, France, Germany, and Flanders ; or whether the gorgeous Temple 
was not itself but a creation of the mysterious and then ancient Order — we can only 

'ihe Gothic cathedrals of the middle ages were erected by companies of builders, 
and in the seventh century associations of Freemasons wandered through Europe, 

122 Proceedings of the [Oct. 14, 

building churches and castles. Dr. Henry, in his history of Great Britain, accords 
to them the building of the magnificent convent of Batalha, in Portugal, the ca- 
thedrals of Strasbourg and Cologne, and the Abbey of Kilwinning in Scotland. In 
Borne places they were called " pontifical brothers/' because they builded bridges. 
In England and Scotland they were called Freemasons, because they had exclusive 
privileges as builders. At first we may regard them as practical Masons. But when 
the benefits of their organization were understood; when the magnificent creations 
of their handicraft stood out all over the European world as monuments of their 
skill and industry ; when emperors, kings, prelates, and lordly noblemen, for whom 
they had builded castle or cathedral, for whom they had bridged rivers and walled 
towns, saw their perfect organization, their achievements, their discipline, their - 
tern of self-protection, their mutual relief, their strength in consolidate, their endur- 
ing bonds of brotherhood, their mystic signs and magic passwords, it was not surprising 
that they should desire to become members of the mysterious Fraternity. Kings 
and prelates, men of science and enlightenment, came within the portals of the Or- 
der, and doubtless took upon themselves the direction of its rites; thus changing 
the institution from an operative to a speculative Masonry, elevating its then honor- 
able purposes, and preserving its primal feature of mutual protection and relief, by 
giving to Masonry a nobler object than to raise to heaven the cathedral-spire or to 
plant deep and wide the solid foundations of castle walls. 

Government in those early days was a question of power. The tyrant ruled with 
little respect for the rights of the people. The peasant in his field, the architect at 
his trade, the merchant with his wares, the scholar at his books, had but little secu- 
rity for repose in those troublous early times. There was no common sentiment of 
humanity to bind men together ; there was no common pledge of fidelity and good 
faith from one man to another. Different interests, languages, nationalities, made 
men and classes natural enemies. The industrious working Mason was the first to 
recognize a common brotherhood in man ; the good and wise of the learned clac 
saw the practical results of their secret association, and sought to come within 
its benefits and under its protection ; when, the two joining together, operative and 
speculative Masonry became the inspiration of a more universal brotherhood, and 
the Lodge, from its secret workings, taught to kings and tyrants the limitations of 
their rights, to the people their privileges, and to the world a sentiment of justice and 
liberty. The Mison became the friend of humanity, because in every human family 
he might find a brother. He could bear no prejudice to race, because in every na- 
tionality was working the mystic rite. He could indulge no hatred to caste or color, 
because all who believed in God and were free men might hail him Brother. He could 
indulge in no aristocratic pride, for though the brother of King Athelstane might sit 
at his right, clothed in the white lamb-skin at his left might be a toiling worker from 
Africa or India, the peer and equal of the proudest in his Lodge. He must elevate 
and respect woman, because she might be the sister, wife, or daughter of a brother. 
He must avoid civil war and foreign strife, lest, in the heat of battle and the forget- 
fulness of hot passion, he might not stop to heed the hail of a distressed brother's 
sign. He remembers the teachings of his Lodge, and he persecutes no man for his 
religious opinions nor cares to discuss the dogmas of a narrow faith. He recollects 
the lessons he is taught, and is loyal to his country and its laws. 

When, beyond his control, wars occur and political questions divide people or 
nations, there is a steady, silent pacificator toiling for peace and unity : in actual 
strife mitigating the horrors of the conflict, and, after it is ended, smoothing down 
the passions of the hour. Woman is oppressed, and from Masonry springs a chivalry 
that wears her favors and offers life in defense of her honor. Pilgrims are stayed 
on their toilsome journey to the tomb of Christ, and the Knights of the Temple guard 
their way to the holy land. Pilgrims, weary, faint by the way, and the Knights 
Hospitallers of St. John give them succor and relief. Palestine becomes the prize 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 123 

of war between the Christian and the Saracen, and the Knights of both Orders, be- 
neath the symbol of the cross, fight the crescent for the sepulchre of the Christian's 
God. We claim not that these orders were Masonic We only suggest their origin 
in the ideas to which Masonry gave birth, and that their organization took the form 
that Masonry had made familiar. 

Such brief glances at Masonic history give us some idea of the early scope and 
comprehensive aims of our ancient and honorable Order. And now we are com- 
pelled to ask — Has Masonry kept pace with the progress of the age ? It did stand 
once at the head of Christian civilization. In all great and good works, Masonry was 
the foremost figure. In the midst of the world's darkness it stood out a blazing light. 
Now, at the meridian splendor and noon-day glory, is it not but a sombre figure ? 
Did it not weary in the great race and stand resting till the world ran by it, and is 
it not now behind the age ? Is Masonry doing all the good it ought, with its masterly 
organization diffused throughout the world? Persecution having ceased to annoy 
it, tyranny having desisted from its oppression, its Lodges in every part of every 
civilized land, its members numbering millions of adult males, embracing within 
its Order intelligence and learning and wealth, is it not irresolute and timid ? Has it 
not become inactive and indolent? Has there not come a paralysis over its powers, 
and have not excrescences grown upon it to the weakening of its vital powers? 
Perhaps it is the age in which we live. Masonry was born in a rude era, raised in a 
rough experience, passed a manhood of powerful exertion, accomplished great 
good, and combated with great ills ; and perhaps it now feels that it may rightfully 
enjoy the repose it has earned — ready, we believe, at short notice, to buckle on its 
armor of defense whenever justice, conscience, or liberty shall be assailed. 

What institution, like Masonry, has so survived the mutations of time? What of 
human organizations has so withstood the wear of centuries? Empires, dynasties, 
and thrones have crumbled to dust ; nations have risen to imperial splendor and 
fallen to decay ; the proudest of human monuments have been buried from the 
memory of man ; and still our Order, handing down its teachings by oral traditions, 
lives and flourishes. Our symbols have outlived the brass and marble upon which 
they were carved ; and our secret words, whispered in the willing ear, survive im- 
perishable. The temples built by our Craft perish, and not one stone stands upon 
another, and still the secrets of the Craft survive. Paces disappear, nations are de- 
stroyed, churchesi pass away, language is forgotten, but Masonry lives, adapted to 
all times, all races, all conditions of men— flourishing in the ages of marvelous prog- 
ress, in the meridian splendor of an intellectual noon— surviving national de- 
cay and the darkest night of ignorance and superstition — flourishing in Egypt, the 
hand-maid of letters, with Euclid for its Grand Master, and, later, in England, under 
Sir Christopher Wren, building temples and palaces— flourishing amid the natives 
of Central Asia, where civilization had scarcely penetrated— at ease in princely halls, 
hung with gorgeous tapestry— at home on tops of highest mountains or in depths of 
profoundest valleys— as resolute when pursued by tyranny and driven to hide in se- 
cret recesses of ocean cave or mountain gorge, as when patronized by the Royal 
House of Prussia, and presided over by Frederick the Great at his palace in Berlin 
or his favorite home at San Souci. 

Masonry has met every vicissitude of fortune. It has been patronized by kings 
and princes. It has been the darling of power, and been encouraged by authority. 
It has also been persecuted in every nation of Europe. The Inquisition has stained 
it with bloo<J; the church of Rome has prescribed and interdicted it ; the Papal 
Hierarchy has fulminated against it its formidable decrees ; and every where and in 
every nation, except America, it has felt the arm of tyrannical power. Even here it has 
had. its fight to make against and its victory to win over prejudice and misconception; 
and yet to-day it numbers more adult male members in Europe and America than any 
Christian church. Its Lodges are in every hamlet and village in the land ; its mem- 

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ben are embraced in every craft, pursuit, profession, or station in life ; it embraces 
men of proudest intellect, of greatest wealth, and highest social position ; and it 
numbers among its professors the humble and lowly of the land. Upon its floors all 
stand equal, for its government is at the same time a pure democracy and an abso- 
lute despotism. The Worshipful Master, clothed in the regalia of his rank, .com- 
mands the unquestioned obedience of hisLodge, while the poorest member may reach 
the chair by an election of his brethren, and stand the superior of the body, entitled 
to Its obedience and reverence. 

The Ancient Craft Masonry consists of three degrees : the Entered Apprentice, 
the Fellow (/raft, and the Master Mason. These, with the appendage of the Royal 
Arch, form a system complete in all its parts. So much of Masonry is pure and per- 
fect, venerable for its antiquity, hoary with age. This is the true Masonic Institu- 
tion, and what is beyond this in the way of fancy degrees— Scottish Rites, Modern 
French Rites, Rites of Memphis, Rites of Misraim, et id omne genus— all the various 
systems of modern origin, are new and ornamental only. They may bear the same 
relation to the Order that the capital does to the marble column ; but they add 
nothing to its strength or grandeur, and may serve to subtract something from its 
simple and austere beauty. 

We hear nothing of rites and new degrees until about the year 1736, when the 
so-called Chevalier Ramsay, a Scotchman, introduced into France his "Primitive 
Scottish Rite," which added to the three original degrees those of Ecossais. Xovice, 
and Knights of the Temple, as the fourth, fifth, and sixth. To these, in 1758, were 
added enough, but with names differing, to make up twenty-five degrees, constituting 
the " Rite of Perfection." Meanwhile, and afterwards, an infinity of " Rites " were 
invented— the " Rite of the Faithful Scotchman," of nine degrees — the " Philosoph- 
ical Scottish Rite," of fifteen degrees — the " Rite of Strict Observance," of six de- 
grees — the "Regime Reforme," of seven degrees — the "Scottish Philosophical Rite 
of the Scottish Mother Lodge," of eighteen degrees — the "Adonhiramite Masonry" 
of the Baron Tchoudy, of thirteen degrees— the "Rite of Elect Coens," of nine de- 
grees — the "Alchemical Rite of Philalethes," of twelve degrees— the "Rite of Phil- 
adelphi," often degrees — the "Rite of Martinism," often degrees— the "Rite of 
the Grand Lodge of the Three Globes," of seventeen degrees— the " Rectified Rite," 
of five degrees, (what a pity it had not remained thus rectified) — the "Swedish 
Rite," of twelve degrees — the " Rite of Benedict Chastanier," of six degrees — the 
"Rite of Brother Henock," of four degrees— the "Oriental Rite, or Rite of Mem- 
phis," a sort of modification of the " Rite of Misraim," of ninety-two degrees — the 
"Persian Philosophic Rite," of seven degrees — the " Clerks of the Relaxed Observ- 
ance," of ten degrees— (how unfortunate that some of the foregoing " observances " 
had not staid " relaxed ! ")— the " Architects of Africa," of eleven degrees — the 
"Rite of Swedenborg," of eight degrees— the " Rite of Zinnendorf," of seven de- 
grees—the "Rose Croix Rectified of Schroeder," of seven degrees— the "Rite of 
Schroeder of Hamburg," of three degrees — the "System of Fessler," of nine de- 
grees—the " Rite of the Elect of Truth," of fourteen degrees — and last, and perhaps 
almost the only one of these fanciful rites now remaining in existence, the "Ancient 
and Accepted Scottish Rite," of thirty-three degrees, which is the " Rite of Perfec- 
tion," as said to be practiced by the " Councils of the Emperors of the East and 
West" in 1 758, with eight further degrees added, as is averred, by Frederick the 
Great, of Prussia. Of this, however, though Carlyle says nothing of it in his writings 
of the " Tobacco Parliament," there is a strong probability of smoke. „ 

The foregoing are probably but a few of the so-called Rites, most of which had 
their origin in France; as Ragon. in his " Tuileur General de la Franc-Maconnerie.'" 
speaks of seventy-five different Masonries, fifty-two different Rites, thirty-four Orders 
called Masonic, twenty-six "Ordres Androgynes," six "Acadamies Ma^onniques." and 
more than fourteen hundred grades ! Among these last are to be found '* Pr<> 

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and Judges/' " Illustrious Elects of Fifteen," " Sublime Knights Elect," ''Grand 
Master Architects," " Grand Elect, Perfect, and Sublime Masons," " Knights of the 
Sword," " Princes of Jerusalem," "Knights of the East and West," "Sovereign 
Princes Rose Croix de Heredom," "Grand Pontiffs," "Grand Patriarchs," "Grand 
Masters of all Symbolic Lodges," " Grand Masters of the Key of Masonry," " Patri- 
archs Noachite," " Princes of Libanus, and of the Royal Axe !" " Chiefs and Princes 
of the Tabernacle," " Sovereign Prince Adepts," " Illustrious Knights Commanders 
of the White and Black Eagle," " Princes of Mercy," " Knights of the Brazen Ser- 
pent," " Sovereign Commanders of the Temple," " Knights of the Sun," " Grand 
Scots of St. Andrew," " Knights of Kadosch," " Grand Inquisitors, Inspectors, and 
Commanders," " Sovereign Princes of the Royal Secret," and '* Sovereign Grand In- 
spectors General " — all which is simply Masonry run crazy. None of these new fan- 
gled systems, rites, and titles have aught to do with Masonry as practiced by those 
early brethren whose lives were the embodiment of the highest lessons of Masonic 
wisdom — the impersonations of temperance, courage, self-sacrifice, heroic suffering for 
conscience' sake — the very types of a simple, holy, earnest life. How different the 
appearance of our Holy Saint John the Baptist, in his camels'-hair raiment, his 
leathern girdle, his white apron of the kid, bare-footed and bare-headed, fasting, 
living the life he preached, practicing the sublime precepts he taught — how different 
when compared with the bedizened regalia and the glittering jewelry that adorn the 
pompous persons of those rejoicing in their new degrees, their high-sounding titles of 
a sham Masonry. 

Let no humble brother of the blue Lodge distrust the fact that all of Masonry is 
contained in the three ancient degrees, with the instructions of the Royal Arch, nor 
let him become envious of those who claim to be his superiors in Masonic knowledge 
because they have had affixed to them, by some dignitary of the Order, the appella- 
tion of " Thrice Puissant Grand Master," " Most Skillful Adoniram," " Thrice Illus- 
trious Azarias," Prince President," " Most Illustrious Tirshatha," " Very Wise Mas- 
ter," " Thrice Puissant Chief Prince," " Most Potent Leader," " Sovereign Prince," 
or " Sovereign Grand Commander " ! Well has a standard writer upon Masonry re- 
marked, that when these titles appear in the public prints they are only calcu- 
lated to make the vulgar stare, and, with the right-feeling, sensible Mason or man of 
the world, excite only derision and contempt. 

But I must not permit myself to run on in this complaint of the imperfections 
which have been put upon our organization, and forget to contemplate its beauties 
and perfections. Because our Order embraces the silly and the vain, we may not 
forget that it also numbers the profoundest thinkers and scholars of the olden time ; 
that kings, princes, statesmen, and artists have been its followers ; that in our own 
country Washington, Franklin, and La Fayette did not disdain to clothe them- 
selves in the simple lambskin emblem of our Order. All we need say of the haute 
grades of Masonry, is expressed in the remark attributed to Frederick the Great, 
that they were " idle, valueless, and playwork." Ancient Craft Masonry, begin- 
ning with the Entered Apprentice and ending with the Royal Arch degree, is a 
beautiful, complete, and simple system — founded in reason and sense — teaching 
the sublimest truths of life and immortality, the practical duties of everyday ex- 
, istence, and the duties which man owes to God, his neighbor, his country,, and 
himself — inculcating a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, in the im- 
mortality of the soul, that all men are equal, that the passions are to be subdued, 
and that the moral virtues are to be cultivated with care and practiced with dili- 
gence. It teaches love and charity to our fellow-man— truth, sobriety, and industry. 
The good Mason is a good man. If he fails in the domestic relation of husband or 
parent, if he is a bad son or citizen, if he fails to practice industry, temperance, and 
frugality, if he commits fraud or crime — in a word, if he fails in any of the obliga- 
tions which he owes to his fellow-man, he is a bad Mason. 

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Masonry interferes with no sect, seeks to interpose no restrictions upon religious 
belief, interferes with no man's faith. It is in some sort a religion to itself. Holding 
firmly to certain great cardinal articles of belief, it is never diverted from their 
assertion by any mere dogma. It despises the mere forms of worship ; it eschews 
tlic mere ceremonial of belief; it permits no new revelations or innovations. It does 
not believe in any earthly power as God's vicegerent, or that any man is clothed with 
the right to absolve offenses, or is himself immaculate or incapable of sin. While it 
has never laid the weight of its finger upon any mans conscience, or laid a straw in 
the way <>f the progress of any church, or sect, or organization, it has confronted 
ecclesiastical power and tyranny in all ages of the world. It has stood up against 
the Roman hierarchy in the exercise of its arrogant pretensions: it has defied the 
Inquisition with all its terrors; it has withstoood priestly arrogance wherever and 
whenever it has been asserted ; and, if the time should ever come in this American 
Republic when any church organization should deem itself powerful enough to dare 
the Attempt to subvert the rights of the people or interfere with the liberty of con- 
science, then will that church find an order, in its secrecy, its power, its numbers, 
and its wealth, ready to cope with it to the bitter, if needs be, the bloody end, in 
ition of the rights of man. 
Masonry is the friend of education. It encourages the spread of intelligence, and, 
in the long ago time when the world was in intellectual darkness, the lights from 
its altars shed a bright radiance through the surrounding gloom. 

The mission of Masonry is not political. It does not seek to interfere with gov- 
ernmental affairs. In past ages it has been charged that in its secret councils plots 
have been hatched against authority; but this assertion, though often made, has been 
as often disproved. It has perhaps occasionally been attempted to be thus used, 
as in Mexico, to cover party movements and partisan designs ; perhaps, also, when in 
New York a political party was arrayed against it. The royal family of England, both 
of the house of Stuart and of Guelph, have been its members ; and in more than one 
instance the gavel of the Master and the scepter of the King have been wielded by the 
same hand. The King of Prussia was once the Master of a Lodge. In other countries 
it has been opposed as dangerous with all the power of the State. The teaching of 
Masonry is obedience to the law, respect to the government ; and while it does not in- 
terfere in mere party matters, it bears in mind the national honor and is ever earnest 
for the nation's good. It was an unhappy thing for the American people that even the 
ties of Masonry and the brotherly love of its members were not strong enough to have 
spared our land the desolating war of our late civil strife. But, while it was too 
feeble to stay fratricidal hands, and powerless to allay sectional and party feeling, 
yet, the moment the war beg*n, and all along the time of its bloody progress, 
Masonry stretched out its arm to relieve the horrors of the strife. How often on 
battle-field has the uplifted hand been stayed by the Masonic sign! How often has 
the wounded soldier, bleeding, near to death, felt the grip, strong as the lion's paw, 
that has raised him up to life ! How often has the Masonic recognition passed in pris- 
on and hospital, to the relief of the distressed brother— all the mad passions of the 
strife forgotten, all the hatred of the hour smothered down at the signal of a broth- 
er's peril! The war, thank God, has ended, and one part of the Masonic work is 
to bury the animosities of the past and to restore throughout our land fraternal love 
and brotherly kindness. 

We have said that it was not profitable to inquire into the origin of Masonry, nor 
do we conceive it of practical importance; and yet, to the student of Masonic history, 
the research presents a field of interesting and curious speculation. Masonic writers 
have, many of them, groped so far back into the past as to have seemingly lost them- 
selves. Some have not hesitated to claim Masonry as coeval with the birth of man. and 
that Adam was the first Grand Master. Enoch and Tubal Cain are made to figure in 
the legends of the Order. The Eleusinian mysteries, which flourished in Egypt, are to 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 127 

them part of Masonry. Hieroglyphics on the tombs of Assyrian Kings and inscriptions 
on ancient monuments are signs of the Craft. Rites in honor of Bacchus, the god 
of the Grecian revels, the Essenian brotherhood, in fact, everything mysterious in 
the past, every unexplained relic of antiquity, every quaint figure carved on stone 
or metal, every ruin and broken fragment of temple or wall, everything incapable 
of explanation, becomes, under the influence of their zealous imaginations, a 
monument evidencing the antiquity of Masonry. While I do not see the utility of 
this research, and do not believe the one-half that is claimed for the ancient origin 
of the Masonic institution, I do acknowledge to a little pride in the certainty that our 
Order is not of mushroom growth— that we are of a family of most respectable 
antiquity ; and it is certainly a curious fact, thatlong before the birth of Christ, secret 
societies did exist which, in their origin, the purposes of their existence, the words, 
signs, utensils, symbols and inscriptions in common use, very nearly resemble the signs 
and pass-words of modern Masonry. Perhaps our Order is a later imitation of these 
early and mysterious associations, and, as they have one by one passed away 7 , we 
have gathered up and preserved all that was worthy to treasure of their mystic lore. 

If we drop our claim of existence beyond the age of history and let our traditions 
be forgotten and our legends die out, we are still of respectable age with the time 
of history, and are still made venerable upon illuminated missal and printed page. 
In the twelfth century Masons built the Abbey of Kilwinning, in Scotland — after- 
wards called the cradle of Masonry — presenting the anomaly of an Order so ancient 
that one of its most magnificent architectural creations is styled the home of its infan- 
cy. In 1743, the Lodge of Kilwinning complained to the Grand Lodge of Scotland that 
it was placed second on its roll of Lodges. The Lodge of Mary's Chapel could show 
their preserved records back to the fifteenth century. The York Masons in England 
claim an even earlier history than Scotch Masonry. In 1425, nearly four and a half cen- 
turies ago, an Act of Parliament was passed concerning the " Chapters and Assem- 
blies " of Masons. In 1429, a respectable Lodge was held at Canterbury and 
presided over by the Archbishop, and subsequently King Henry himself became a 
member of a Lodge. In the reign of King James the First, of Scotland, Masonry was 
patronized by the crown, who appointed, or at least confirmed the Grand Masters. 
In the reign of James the Second, the office of Grand Master in Scotland was made 
hereditary in the family of William St. Clair, Earl of Orkney and Caithness and Baron 
of Roslin. The privy seal bock of James the Sixth of Scotland, shows the establish- 
ment of the office of Warden of Aberdeen, Banff and Kincardine. The charter creating 
the Baron of Roslin " Protector and Overseer of Masons " still exists, bearing the date 
of 1G30— these lords of Roslin filling the Grand Master's chair for more than a century 
of time— when the Grand Lodge of Scotland was established, and during a period of 
forty-five years, the office of Grand Master was thirty-six times filled by Earl or 
Duke, or Peer of the realm. 

I refer not to this ancient and honorable history of our ancient and honorable 
Order merely to feed the vanity of our members ; and I say to you, officers and 
members of the Grand Lodge of California, that you fill positions held by men most 
distinguised in the world's history, only in the hope that I may stir your ambition 
to some noble resolve for the benefit of our Order. 

I do not know what Masonry is doing throughout the world to benefit mankind, 
but I do believe that, in America, it is not doing the good it ought, and is not exer- 
cising the influence and power it possesses to the extent of its ability for usefulness. 
Masonry should have prevented a civil war; and, had the feeling of fraternity and 
brotherhood been as strong as it has been in Masonic Lodges in other lands and 
other ages, there would have been no civil war in this land of ours. But in this yet 
unended strife there is work to do. There are brothers to relieve, wounds to heal, 
differences to reconcile, fraternal feeling and good w 11 to reestablish, to the end that 
we may again become a united, happy, and prosperous people. 

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M isonry is not doing the half its duty in California. It needs a reformation — 
some Martin Luther to preach against its abuses— some Peter the Hermit to stir its 
enthusiasm— some new crusader to awaken it to duty — some inspiration to breathe 
into Its carcass anew the breath of life and give vitality to its dry bones. We are 
here as sentinels on the outpost of civilization, pioneers in a new land, confronting 
the millions of Asia and looking back to the millions of Europe — a connecting link 
between two peoples of different religions and diverse civilizations. We have many 
things to do iu our own midst. Other orders, less opulent than ours, have journals, 
banks of deposit, and active charities. Church congregations build their edifices 
and have their schools and associations for social and intellectual pleasures. An or- 
ganization, hostile to us, and one that is ever acquiring power for its abuse, is plant- 
ing its foundations broad and deep — acquiring lands and wealth measured by mill- 
ions — stealing, so far as an unsuspecting and too indifferent public will permit it, the 
education of our children — and insinuating itself into all departments of our Gov- 
ernment with untiring and sleepless energy. 

It cannot be said that Masonry has nothing to do— that it has accomplished its 
object. It has a thousand things to engage its attention — wants to relieve, worth- 
less brethren to redeem or punish, temples to build, intelligence to disseminate. Its 
Lodge meetings should be made more attractive. San Francisco should have a repre- 
sentative Lodge, where something should be done beyond the mere work of initiation; 
a Lodge to which all Masons may be admissible and where the good of the Order may 
be discussed; where visitors may be received and intelligent minds may find intelligent 
employment in laying out the work of the Order. This Lodge should be the head 
and brain, and the other Lodges the active limbs and members. The Grand Lodge 
of the State should be the soul of the whole body, and thus we would have a live, 
working, intelligent Institution. It would be a sentinel on the watch tower, ever on the 
lookout for the enemies of social order, ever vigilant for its own interests, in which 
are involved the interests of society and good government. A National Grand 
Lodge should be established, to cement the Order throughout the States into a grand 
and harmonious whole ; and there should be a Universal Grand Lodge of the World, 
where representatives of the Lodges of all nations might assemble to consider those 
questions affecting alike the interests of Masonry and the progress and welfare of the 
human family. This would be the nearest thing to a universal peace congress— a 
congress not composed of crowned heads, nor governing powers — not a congress 
to discuss dynastic questions or territorial boundaries — not a congress to settle the 
clashing authority of usurped rights — but a convocation of delegates from all nations, 
countries, families, colors and interests, embracing the intelligence of the world, 
composed of the representative men of every land, consulting for the interests of 
the people — not to discuss dogmas nor to prescribe forms of worship— not to regu- 
late vestments nor ceremonials— but to legislate for all God's children, and to see to 
the carrying out of their enactments through the moral influence and secret work- 
ings of a powerful and universal Order. 

Such is my idea of a grand and comprehensive Masonry that shall embrace in its 
scheme of benevolence the whole family of the brotherhood of man. 

Bro. William H. Hill offered the following resolution : — 
Besolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to the Grand Orator 
for the eloquent and interesting address delivered by him, and that he be requested 
to furnish a copy thereof for publication with the proceedings. 

Which resolution was adopted. 

The consideration of the reports, postponed at the hour for the oration, 
was resumed, and the resolution accompanying the minority report of the 
Committee on Grievances was adopted. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 129 

Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler, from the Committee on Finances, presented 
the following reports : — 
To the Mr. Wr. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your Committee on Finances respectfully report that they have examined the 
books, papers, and vouchers of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, and find 
them correct in every particular. 

The gross receipts for the year ending thirty-first July last, were $20,096 53 

And the total disbursements for the same period, were 17,734 19 

Showing an excess of receipts over disbursements of 2,362 34 

Which, added to balance on haul at the commencement of the fiscal year, 5,065 82 

Shows a balance in the treasury at date, Aug. 1st, 1869, of 7,428 16 

Of which $6,000 66 belongs to the General Fund, and $1,427 50 to the Represen- 
tative Fund. 

Your committee take great pleasure in certifying to the strict accuracy of the 
accounts, and to the admirable manner in which the business of the Grand Secre- 
tary's office has been uniformly conducted. 
All which is respectfuly submitted. 

Joseph B. Scotchler, ] 
George J. Hobe, | 

John R. Buckbee, (■ Committee. 

Abisha Swain, 
Robert H. Blossom, J 
To the Mr. Wr. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the petition of Alamo Lodge, No. 122, 
asking for a remission of its dues for the past year, have had the same under consid- 
eration and are of the opinion that the destruction of their building by the earth- 
quake of October last, leaving the Lodge still heavily in debt, is a good and sufficient 
reason why the prayer of the petitioners should be granted. They therefore recom- 
mend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the dues of Alamo Lodge, No. 122, for the year ending July thirty- 
first, 1869, be and the same are hereby remitted. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Joseph B. Scotchler, ] 

George J. Hobe, 

John R Buckbee, f Committee. 

Abisha Swain, 

Robert H. Blossom, J 

Both which reports were concurred in, and the resolution accompanying 
the last was adopted. 

Bro. John W. Harville, from the Committee on Charters, presented 
the following report : — 
To the Mr. Wr. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee have carefully examined the record-books and various papers 
submitted by thg following Lodges under dispensation, viz : Femdale, Mountain 
View, Buckeye, San Simeon, Paradise, Wilmington, Hartley, Truckee, Silveyville, 
Pentalpha, Confidence, and Salinas, and report as follows :— 

The record-books of all the said Lodges have been kept in conformity with our 
regulations, and nearly all of them in a neat and creditable manner. Some errors 
and Amissions in a few of them have either been explained by the officers of the re- 
spective Lodges, or are deemed by your committee not to be of sufficient importance 
to be specially noticed. The various papers are all on file and correct except the 
dispensations to Hartley and Femdale Lodges, which have not yet been returned. 
Your committee therefore offer the following resolution, and recommend its adop- 
tion :— 


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ft .«>',-, d t That charters be issued to Mountain View Lodge, at Mountain View, in 
Santa Clara County ; to Buckeye Lodge, at Buckeye, in Yolo County; to San Simeon 
Lodge, al Roaaville, in San Luis Obispo County ; to Paradise Lodge, at Haywood' 
in Alameda County ; to Wilmington Lodge, at Wilmington, in Los Angeles County ; 
to TruckeeLodge, atTruckee, in Nevada County ; to SilveyviUe Lodge, at Silvey- 
villi\ in Solano County ; to Pentalpha Lodge, at Los Angeles, in Los Angeles Coun- 
ty ; to Confidence Lodge, at Castroville, in Monterey County ; and to Salinas Lodge, 
at Salinas, in Monterey County ; that charters be also issued to Ferndale Lodge, at 
Ferndale, in Humboldt County, and Hartley Lodge, at Lakeport, in Lake County, as 
soon as the dispensations issued to said Lodges shall have been returned ; and that 
all said Lodges be numbered in accordance with the dates of their several dispensa. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

John W. Haryille, ] 

William H. Culver, | 

Eobert Aitken, j- Committee. 

David Schindler, 

Ben j. \Y. Barnes, J 

Which report was concurred in, and the resolution accompanying it 
was adopted. 

The Grand Secretary presented the following report of the Trustees of 
the Masonic Hall Fund : — 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund respectfully report that, in obedience to 
your resolution, (page 424, proceedings of 1868,) they have received from the estate 
of Bro. Henry Hare Hartley, deceased, late Trustee, the amount remaining in his 
hands, to wit : $1705 28, and have paid the same to the R.\ W.\ Grand Secretary, 
Bro. Alex. G. Abell, which has been duly distributed between the Masonic Boards 
of Relief of San Francisco and of Sacramento, as was directed. 

Respecting the interest of the Grand Lodge in the property foreclosed under a loan 
made in 1857 to John H. Gass, the Trustees have been enabled, through the oppor- 
tune activity in real estate in Sacramento, to dispose of the same by quit-claim deed, 
receiving therefor the sum of $3750, which has been duly paid to the Grand Secreta- 
ry and accounted for in the report of the Grand Treasurer. 

In congratulating the Grand Lodge upon the recovery of this money, hitherto re- 
garded as practically lost, it is but proper to say that the Trustees are indebted 
therefor to the efforts of Bro. Richard Dale, of Sacramento, one of their number ; 
and that, but for the vigilance and industry which he has displayed, the Grand Lodge 
would now only hold an uncertain title to property entirely unavailable and prom- 
ising interminable litigation. 

Your Trustees further report that there is still invested in the stock of the Masonic 
Hall Association of San Francisco the sum of $13,180, as per certificates therefor in 
the hands of the Grand Treasurer. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Which report, under the rules, was referred to the Committee on 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until this evening at 7 o'clock, 
for the purpose of witnessing an exemplification of the work in the third 

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| w fewt Ipdge. 

Evening Session, ) 

Thursday, October Uth, A. L. 5869. j 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 7 o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

The work and lectures of the third degree were exemplified by the 
Master and officers of Occidental Lodge, No. 22, upon a candidate who had 
received the first and second degrees in, and who had been duly exam- 
ined and found proficient therein by said Lodge. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until to-morrow morning, at 10 

gn tafl § m\$l 

Morning Session, ) 

Friday, October loth, A. L. 5869. j 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 10 o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the minutes of the sessions of 
yesterday were read and approved. 

Bro. Isaac S. Titus, from the Committee on Credentials, reported the 
following additional officers and representatives of chartered Lodges, and 
Past Masters by service within this jurisdiction, as being present and en- 
titled to seats, viz : — from 

San Joaquin, No. 19, George Tilghman, Representative. 

Occidental, No. 22, Charles Lyman, Past Master. 

Martinez, No. 41, Thomas A. Brown, Past Master. 

Union, No. 58, Alfred A. Redington, Master. 

Campo Seco, No. 100, James Creighton, Senior Warden. 

j Moritz Kalmuck, i 
Ji ™9™ ss > -No. 125,. . . .\ gAMUEL g> ArnheMj [ Past Masters. 

Oakland, No. 188, Walter Van Dyke, Past Master. 

"Which report was concurred in, and the brethren therein named were 

admitted to seats. 

The W.\ Benjamin Akerly, Grand Bible Bearer, appeared and took 
his seat. 

Bro. Gilbert B. Claiborne, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, 
presented the following reports : — 

132 Proceedings of the [Oct. 15, 

To (he ,!/.-. PP.*. Grand Lodge of California :— 

At the last Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge this committee was in- 
structed, by a resolution, to inquire into- the circumstances connected with the elec- 
tion of trial-commissioners by Occidental Lodge, No. 22, in a certain case which is 
stated at page 419 of the proceedings of last year, and to report the facts and con- 
clusions to which they might arrive. They have made such inquiry and respectfully 
report the following : — 

The proceedings in which the alleged irregularity occurred were not without no- 
toriety among the Masons of San Francisco. The brethren whose names were con- 
nected with them, as accuser and accused, were each well known citizens of long resi- 
dence, and the offense charged was of so grave a character that it was well calcu- 
lated to arouse much strong feeling. At the time of the occurrence referred to, a 
trial had already been had, and, upon appeal to the Grand Lodge, the judgment of 
the subordinate was reversed and the case remanded for a new trial. The first step 
taken in the Lodge, at the commencement of the second trial, was the issue of notices 
by the Secretary, in which was stated the names of the accuser and accused. It is 
in proof before the committee that a selected ticket, one of which was exhibited to 
them, was prepared and, to some extent, circulated among members of the Lodge 
during the day which preceded the evening of the election. When the Lodge was 
called on, a member procured a printed list of the names of all the members, and 
directed the attention of his fellows to it, in order that they might have a full knowl- 
edge of the names of the brethren from among whom they were to select commission- 
ers. To this proper and just suggestion he was answered by another brother, who is 
reported to us as having fully appreciated the suggestion, that " it was of no use ; mat- 
ters were all fixed," or other word's to that effect ; which left the conviction upon his 
mind that it was then decided and foreknown who would constitute the commission ; 
and the result of the election seems to have been in accordance with this conviction 
and in confirmation of the names which had appeared upon the ticket referred to, with 
the exception of one name. After the election, the accused brother was heard to 
say,*" I would like to see them convict me now"; and his counsel, chosen to as- 
sist him in the trial, with an emphasis too coarse and gross to soil our record, in- 
dorsed the opinion of his client with words, relieved of their blasphemy, in substance 
as follows : " We have got them now." 

In the opinion of your committee, and from the evidence which they have been 
able to procure, there is not enough proof to show that the majority of the members 
of the Lodge were involved in this action. That certain members have acted repre- 
hensibly there can be no doubt ; and your committee think it probable that there 
were others who had intimation of what was going on, who would have done very 
little less than their duty if they had exerted their influence in exposing and rebuk- 
ing such violations of the true spirit of the Fraternity. Those who went forward in 
the discharge of their duty deserve commendation. 

That such action is reproachful and disgraceful to a Lodge there can be no doubt; 
but, in consideration of the fact that one of the chief acting parties is now dead and 
can have no voice in further proceedings among men ; that the excitement and feel- 
ing which once existed is dying away ; that the party aggrieved deems himself am- 
ply vindicated by the action of the Grand Lodge at its last Annual Communication, 
and has no desire to have this matter prosecuted further ; and that its resurrection 
would have the effect of opening old wounds ; your committee recommend that the 
further consideration of the matter, so far as the Lodge is concerned, be dismissed. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claibokne, i 

John S. Ward, [ ~ ... m 

Thomas H. CasVell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 133 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred so much of the Report of the Committee 
on Correspondence as relates to the difficulties between the Grand Lodge of Louis- 
iana and the Grand Orient of France, respectfully report as follows : — 

The principle involved in the question submitted to us is of such vital importance 
and so completely underlies the whole system by which order and comity distin- 
guish the relations of the Grand Lodges on our continent toward each other, that 
the committee regret that, in the multiplicity of business confided to them, to be 
dispatched in so short a time, they can not give the subject the high and fall con- 
sideration which its importance demands. It is not a new question or principle, but 
one which has long been asserted, cherished, and guarded by the Grand Lodges of 
the United States ; and, in earlier days of our history, was asserted with such positive 
determination that for nearly fifteen years a once respected Grand Lodge of the op- 
posite continent, and all who acknowledge allegiance to it, have been discarded by 
us as alien to our peace and prosperity, and are excluded from that comity and 
friendship which we are always ready and glad to extend to those who are worthy. 

We have only to refer to our General Regulation No. 6, our proceedings prior to 
the adoption of that regulation, and the Report of the Committee on Correspond- 
ence submitted at this Communication, to show how closely the Grand Orient of 
France has imitated in Louisiana the bad action of the Grand Lodge of Hamburg in 
New York. The Grand Lodges in the United States insist upon Masonic sovereignty 
and supremacy within their own domains. They observe and practice the principle 
courteously toward each other, know and feel that it is the vital essence of systematic 
government, and, should one of them disregard this principle of territorial jurisdic- 
tion, it would be hostile to the best interests of Masonic government on our continent. 
How much more offensive it is for a Grand Lodge, separated from us by one of the 
Great Creator's most defined boundaries, a Grand Lodge whose language can not be 
generally understood in our country, to undertake to exercise influence and con- 
trol in our midst ; — constituting Lodges within our jurisdictions or recognizing un- 
lawful (so-called) Masonic organizations, and introducing strange and perplexing 
dogmas, doctrines, and customs among our brethren. 

Your committee can not consider the Grand Orient of France in any other light 
than that of an enemy to the Masons in America, so long as it maintains its hostile 
position toward our sister Grand Lodge of Louisiana ; and, indeed, if that body an- 
nuls the act of which it has been guilty, distrust must follow until kindly deeds in the 
future, and men of another generation, with better heads, shall take the place of its 
present representatives to show to the Masons of America that they are wiser and 
more just than their predecessors. 

The cause of Louisiana is our cause, as was that of New York, and the cause of 
one should be the cause of all. Your committee therefore submit the following res- 
olution, and recommend its adoption as a Regulation of this Grand Lodge :— 

Resolved, That all Masonic intercourse between this Grand Lodge and the Grand 
Orient of France is hereby suspended ; and that the Lodges and Masons of this ju- 
risdiction are forbidden to recognize, or hold communication with, any brother 
who hails from or acknowledges allegiance to the Grand Orient of France, so long 
as that body continues its unlawful and reprehensible invasion of the jurisdictional 
rights of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne,! 
Thomas H. Caswell, I Cnmm u tpf 
John S. Ward, f <- ommittee - 

Edmund T. Wilkins, J 

To the J\L: W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee to whom, at the last Annual Communication, was referred for 
consideration certain resolutions, which will be found on page 424 of the proceed- 

134 Proceedings of the [Oct. 15, 

;it that time, in which is suggested the propriety of amending the Constitution 
to abolish the fees allowed to the office of Grand Secretary, and increase the 
annual compensation of that officer by the sum of four hundred dollars, being the 
estimated equivalent of the fees thus proposed to be abolished, respectfully report 
that the effect of* the proposition contained in the resolution, if adopted, would be 
the same as that now accomplished, as we learn that the fees derived amount to 
about the same sum as that proposed to be allowed in the second resolution ; and 
that, as changes in our organic law ought not to be encouraged, unless in cases of 
clear and manifest importance and necessity, your committee feel constrained to 
report against the proposition, and recommend that it be not adopted. 
All which is repectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne,] 
Thomas H. Caswell, 

John- S. Ward, ' Committee. 

Edmund T. Wilkins, 

All which reports were concurred in, the additional General Regula- 
tion recommended in the second was adopted, and it was ordered that 
copies of the report on the difficulties between the Grand Lodge of Louis- 
iana and the Grand Orient of France, be sent to each of those Grand 

Bro. John S. Ward, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, presented 
the following report: — 

To the M.'.W.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred the resolution offered by Bro. Richard 
Dale, relative to the burial of suicides, have considered the same and respectfully 
report that they agree entirely with Past Grand Master Belcher, in his Annual Ad- 
dress in the Communication of 1864, who says :— 

If a Mason forget his duty to God, his fellow, and himself, and commit suicide, 
shall he or may he be buried by his Lodge with Masonic honors? Several cases 
have occurred, as I am informed, in which suicides have been so buried. It should 
not always be so. When a Mason has unfortunately been deprived of that reason 
which God has given him to enable him to distinguish between right and wrong, 
and, being actually demented, deprives himself of life, I see no reason why he should 
not be interred with the usual Masonic honors and ceremonials. An insane man 
cannot commit a crime, and it would be an utter forgetfulness of that charity which 
is the brightest jewel of the Craft, to refuse the Masonic rite of burial, when'desired 
by his relatives or friends, to one who had only been unfortunate. Not so, however, 
with one who willingly, or in consequence of intemperate habits, destroys the life 
which Heaven has given him for useful and beneficent purposes. We would throw 
the mantle of charity over the faults of an erring brother, dead or living, but we 
should not lightly overlook his crimes. By all law, human and divine, he who takes 
his own life is as guilty as he who takes the life of another. Before God and man 
he is guilty, and it is not fitting that we, as a society, should hold ourselves out to 
the world as the excusers of such crimes. 

Entertaining opinions similar to those so well expressed, your committee recom- 
mend that the General Regulation, No. 22, be repealed, and that the following be 
adopted in its stead : — 

Besohed, That in the case of a suicide of a Master Mason in this jurisdiction, the 
Lodge to which he belonged shall determine as to his insanity and as to the propriety 
of interring him with Masonic honors. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, 

John S. Ward, I Committee 

Thomas H. Caswell, 

Edmund T. Wilkins, 

Which report was not concurred in. 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 135 

Bro. Charles L. Wiggin, from the Committee on Grievances, presented 
the following report : — 

To the M.\ TTv. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the petition for restoration of John S. 
Blackwell, who was expelled by Forest Lodge, No. 66, on the 27th day of October, 
1858, have had the same under consideration and respectfully report that this peti- 
tion was presented to the Grand Lodge at its last Annual Communication, when the 
committee to whom it was referred recommended that action thereon be deferred 
until the present Communication. 

The reason which induced the committee to make that recommendation, was not 
that they did not believe that the petitioner ought to be restored, but they thought that 
the recommendation of the Lodge within whose jurisdiction he now resides ought 
first to be obtained. That recommendation having been received, in view of the 
fact that the offense with which he was charged was committed eleven years ago, 
was the result, not of a destitution of principle, but of bad habits into which he had 
unfortunately fallen, and that sufficient evidence has been presented to show that for 
several years past he has led an upright and blameless life, your committee recom- 
mend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That John S. Blackwell be and is hereby restored to all the rights and 
privileges of Masonry. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Jas. Lawrence English, 
Charles L. Wiggin, 
Isaac L^pham, 
James Barclay, 
Cyrus C. Cummings, 


Which report was concurred in, and the resolution accompanying it was 

Bro. Charles L. Wiggin offered the following resolution: — 

Whereas, The want of a purely Masonic publication, which, if properly con- 
ducted, could not fail to be of great and lasting benefit to the Craft, has long been 
felt upon this coast ; and whereas, Bro. Amasa W. Bishop has undertaken the edi- 
torial management of such a publication, in the city of San Francisco, the name of 
which is the " Masonic Mirror," a monthly magazine, specimen copies of which are 
before this Grand Body ; therefore 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge, having confidence in the ability of Bro. Bishop 
to conduct such a publication, do hereby recommend the said " Masonic Mirror" to 
the Craft generally, as w r orthy of its support. 

Which resolution was adopted. 

Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler, from the Committee on Finances, presented 
the following report : — 
To theM.\ W.'. Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Grand Master's Ad- 
dress having reference to the Masonic Hall Fund, and also the report of the Trustees 
of that Fund, have had the subject under consideration and respectfully report as 
follows : — 

Under the direction of said Trustees, in pursuance of a resolution adopted at the 
last Annual Communication, the sum of $1200 has been paid to the San Francisco 
Board of Relief, and the sum of $500 to the Sacramento Board of Relief; and the 
further sum of $3750, collected in full settlement of the interest of the Grand Lodge 
in the so-called Gass and Clark property at Sacramento, has been duly transferred to 
the Grand Treasurer. 


Proceedings of the 

[Oct. 15, 

Your committee are of tlie opinion that the Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund 
have completed all the labors with which they were charged, and that there is no 
Longer a necessity for the continuance of their trusteeship. 

Your committee feel that they would be very remiss in duty and courtesy if they 
failed to recognize in a formal manner the services of the Trustees of the Masonic 
Hall Fund, and especially the very efficient services of Bro. Richard Dale, in se- 
curing: the above sum for the benefit of this Grand Lodge ; the whole matter having 
become involved in such confusion, legal and otherwise, that but for the timely ap- 
pointment and persistent energy of Bro. Dale the whole sum would doubtless have 
been sacrificed. Your committee therefore submit the following resolutions and re- 
commend their adoption : — 

Resolved, That the report of the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund be 
concurred in and approved, and that the Trustees be discharged and said Board be 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be and are hereby tendered to the 
retiring Board of Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund, and especially to Bro Richard 
Dale, for his efficient services as a member of that Board. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Joseph B. Scotchler, ] 
George J. Hobe, 
Robert H. Blossom, 
Abisha Swain, 

Which report was concurred in, and the resolutions accompanying it 

were adopted. 

Bro. Lawrence C. Owen, from the Committee on Returns, presented the 
following report : — 
To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, appointed to examine the returns of the subordinates, have the 
pleasure of again reporting the reception by the Grand Secretary of the returns of 
every Lodge under the jurisdiction. A careful scrutiny of each has shown that in a 
great majority of them the same care has been exercised by which their prepara- 
tion has for so many years been characterized. Three only contained serious errors, 
but, upon these being pointed out to the Secretaries by whom they were prepared, 
and who are serving their first term, new returns were transmitted which compare 
favorably with the best received. 

Those which were in every respect correct, and which, with the proper dues, 
were transmitted within the time prescribed in the Constitution, are stated in the 
order in which they were received, as follows, viz :— 


Mount Jefferson, 

No. 107, 

Naval, No 

. 87, 


No. 20, 


" 109, 

Saint Mark's, " 


Henry Clay, 

" 95, 

El Dorado, 

" 26, 

Harmony, l ' 


La Grange, 

«• 99, 


" 97, 

San Joaquin, " 



" 145, 


" 131, 

Manzanita, " 



" 146, 


" 140, 

Eden, " 



" 151, 


" 65, 

Oriental, " 


Saint John's, 

" 37, 


" 25, 

Arcturus, " 



" 176, 


" 167, 

Western Star, i ' 



" 96, 

Golden Gate, 

" 30, 

Nevada, " 



" 133, 


" 134, 

Parfaiie Union, " 



" 150, 


" 14, 

Mountain Forest, * ' 





" 29, 

Campo Seco, " 



" 12, 

Michigan City, 

" 47, 

Otcen, " 



" 50, 


" 56, 

Sierra Valley, " 



" 128, 


• " 77, 

Latrobe, " 



" 28, 


Grand Lodge of Califofnia. 



No. 92, 


No. 60, 

Los Angeles, 

No. 42, 


" 58, 


" 98, 


" 45, 


" 138, 

Evening Star, 

" 186, 


" 79, 

Mount Carmel 

11 155, 

North Star, 

" 91, 

Eel Rwer, 

" 147, 

Mission , 

" 169, 


" 69, 


11 178, 


" 175, 


" 161, 


" 188, 




" 191, 

Santa Barbara, 

" 192, 


" 27, 


" 23, 


11 16, 


" 55, 

Santa Cruz, 

" 38, 


" 135, 


w 117, 

Pilot Hill, 

" 160, 


" 123, 


" 119, 


" 187, 

Mount Moriah, 

" 44, 


" 127, 


" 156, 


" 120, 


" 80, 


" 66, 

Mount Zion, 

" 114, 


" 136, 

Russian River, 

" 181, 


" 179, 


" 143, 


" 158, 

Gold Hill, 

" 32, 


" 24, 


" 139, 

Santa Clara, 

" 34. 

Santa Rosa, 

*' 57, 

The returns of the following named Lodges were received in time and were 
accompanied by the dues, but each of them needed corrections which were promptly 
made by the respective Secretaries upon being notified thereof : — 


No. 141, 


No. 182, 

Martinez, No. 41, 


" 88, 


11 51, 

Mokelumne, " 31, 


" 101, 

Pajaro , 

" 110, 

Hiram, " 43, 


" 185, 



Gravel Range, " 59 , 

Saint Helena, 

" 93, 

Saint Louis, 

11 86, 

Mountain Shade, " 18, 

Bear Mountain, 

" 76, 


" 39, 

Nebraska, (t 71, 




" 64, 

Ophir, " 33, 


'• 174, 


" 105, 

Chico, u 111, 


■■ 112, 

San Jose, 

" 10, 

Areata, " 106. 

La Fayette, 

11 126, 

Those of the following named Lodges were in every respect correct, and were 
transmitted in proper time, but were not accompanied with the dues : — 
Occidental, No. 22, Alamo, No. 122, Lexington, No. 104, 

California, " 1, Table Mountain, " 124, Live Oak, " 61, 

Enterprise, " 70, Excelsior, " 166, Progress, " 125. 

Geo. Washington, u 62, Morning Star, " 68, 

Those of the following named Lodges were correct and were accompanied by the 
dues, but were not transmitted in the proper time : — 

Rising Star, No. 83, Calaveras, No. 78, Tonic, No. 121, 

Vesper, « 84, Texas, " 46, Elk Grove, " 173, 

Saint James, " 54, Sincerity, " 132, San Diego, " 35, 

Those of Rose's Bar, No. 89, Medians, No. 129, Lassen, No. 149, Aztlan, No. 177, 
and Clear Lake, No. 183, were accompanied with the dues, but were not received in 
' proper time, and all needed correction. 

Those of Yolo, No. 81, Orovi'le, No. 103, and San Mateo, No. 168, were received 
in proper time, but were not accompanied by the dues, and each needed correction. 

Those of Sacramento, No. 40, and Colusa, No. 142, were not received in proper 
time, were not accompanied with the dues, and both needed correction. 

Those of Hawaiian, No. 21, were correct, but were not received in proper time 
nor accompanied by the dues, the Lodge having asked that they be remitted. 


'Proceedings of tlie 

[Oct. 15, 

All the Lodges under dispensation have transmitted their returns, accompanied 
with the dues, and they were correct in every respect. 

The amounts due by the respective Lodges are as follows : — 





Name and No. 




Name and No. Fund. 





$508 $206 50 $714 50 




67 50 

251 50 

Western Star, 



29 00 

95 00 

Gravel Range, 



30 00 

110 00 

Telia ma, 



42 00 

150 00 




11 00 

42 00 




27 00 

103 00 

Live Oak, 


13 9 

38 50 

177 50 




29 50 

103 50 

Geo. Washing'n 



12 50 

43 50 




26 00 

91 00 




25 50 

90 50 

So n Jose, 



58 50 

215 50 




23 00 

85 00 




23 00 

99 00 




20 00 

83 00 




62 50 

218 50 

Morning Star, 



45 50 

172 50 




11 50 

36 50 




34 00 

130 00 




22 50 

85 50 




27 00 

105 00 

Parfaite Union 



53 00 

222 00 




13 00 

51 00 




26 00 

95 00 

MounVn Forest 

. 75, 


11 50 

34 50 

San Joaquin, 



29 00 

100 00 

Bear Mountain, 76, 


12 50 

51 50 




33 00 

114 00 




29 50 

130 50 




57 00 




15 00 

49 00 




137 50 

493 50 




20 50 

79 50 




64 00 

233 00 




13 00 

59 00 




23 50 

71 50 




19 00 

68 00 




28 50 

98 50 

Rising Star, 



26 00 

96 00 

El Dorado, 



29 00 

99 00 





118 50 




31 00 

108 00 

IndianDiggings, 85 , 


9 50 

36 50 




28 50 

98 50 

Saint Louis, 



33 00 

107 00 




15 00 

52 00 




50 00 

202 00 

Golden Gate, 



81 00 

288 00 




19 00 

67 00 




12 50 

48 50 

Rose's Bar, 



15 00 

53 00 

Gold Hill, 



21 50 

111 50 

North Star, 



18 00 

58 00 




15 00 

50 00 




13 50 

50 50 

Santa Clara, 



29 50 

125 50 

Saint Helena, 



12 75 

53 75 

San Diego, 



14 00 

67 00 

Henry Clay, 



22 00 

86 00 

Saint John's, 



21 50 

76 50 




23 50 

79 50 

Santa Cruz, 



48 00 

165 00 




17 00 

66 00 




36 25 

134 25 




24 00 

86 00 




53 50 

179 50 

La Grange, 



9 50 

30 50 




26 50 

94 50 

Campo Seco, 



16 00 

57 00 

Los Angeles, 



29 50 

91 50 




20 50 

81 50 




16 00 

60 00 




35 25 

115 25 

Mount Moriah, 


260 102 50 

362 50 




32 00 

111 00 




18 00 

68 00 




20 00 

77 00 




30 50 

122 50 

, Siskiyou, 



7 50 

22 50 

Michigan City, 



24 00 

85 00 




12 50 

39 50 




18 50 

70 50 

ML Jefferson, 



6 00 

25 00 




21 00 

82 00 




13 00 

46 00 

Saint James, 



15 00 

63 00 




10 00 

35 00 




38 00 

152 00 




21 00 

87 00 




29 50 

98 50 




41 50 

162 50 

Santa Rosa, 



24 50 

86 50 




17 00 

61 00 


Grand Lodge of California. 






Name and No. 




Name and No. 







20 00 

96 00 




13 50 

48 50 

Mount Zion, 



8 00 

24 00 




58 50 

182 50 

Saint Mark's, 



10 50 

40 50 




22 50 

88 50 




25 50 

88 50 

San Mateo, 



16 50 

65 50 




10 50 

47 50 




56 50 

233 50 




66 00 

239 00 

Elk Grove, 



8 00 

25 00 




17 00 

58 00 

Pry town, 



14 00 

49 00 




16 50 

58 50 




30 00 

130 00 




24 50 

104 50 




19 50 

76 50 

Table 'Mountain, 124, 


16 00 

51 00 





90 00 




54 50 

194 50 




16 50 

83 50 

La Fayette, 



28 50 

108 50 




27 50 

115 50 




46 00 

158 00 




25 00 

140 00 




40 00 

134 00 

Russian River 



24 00 

102 00 




5 50 

21 50 




9 00 

30 00 




22 75 

79 75 

Clear Lake, 



13 00 

60 00 




21 00 

71 00 

Sierra Valley, 



11 00 

45 00 




12 50 

41 50 




9 00 

48 00 




16 00 

60 00 

Evening Star, 



18 00 

73 00 




16 50 

57 50 




24 50 

94 50 




90 00 

311 00 




48 00 

254 00 




7 00 

21 00 




7 50 

33 50 




42 50 

158 50 




10 50 

51 50 




10 00 

47 00 




15 00 

69 00 




13 00 

53 00 

Santa Barbara 



13 00 

73 00 




27 00 

103 00 

Ferndale, U. D., 


8 50 

36 50 




5 50 

16 50 




12 00 

75 00 




71 00 

254 00 




9 50 

51 50 




14 50 

58 50 

San Simeon, 



8 00 

42 00 




26 00 

82 00 




11 50 

53 50 

Eel River, 



15 50 

61 50 




6 00 

33 00 




32 00 

125 00 




12 50 

56 50 




17 50 

62 50 




17 50 

91 50 




29 50 

132 50 




10 50 

42 50 

Mount Carmel 



16 50 

55 50 


i t 


4 50 

18 50 




21 00 

85 00 




7 50 

36 50 




19 00 

79 00 




5 50 

16 50 

Pilot Hill, 



11 50 
11 50 

55 50 
40 50 




Making the total amount of 

dues for 

the vear 


325 4389.50 16714.50 

In conclusion, your committee, believing it to be very desirable that the full name 
of each Mason borne upon the rolls of the Lodges should be reported in the annual 
returns, submit the following resolution and recommend its adoption :— 

Resolved, That all petitions for the degrees and for affiliation shall be signed with 
the full names of the applicants, be thus recorded in the roll books and books of 
by-laws of the respective Lodges, and be thus returned in the annual reports to the 
Grand Lodge. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Lawrence C. Owen, 

For the Committee. 

140 Proceedings of the [Oct. 15, 

Which report was concurred in and the resolution accompanying it 
was adopted. f 

The hour for the special order — the election of Grand Officers — having 
arrived, the Grand Master named Bros. Louis Cohn, Charles L. Wiggin, 
and George J. IIobe, as tellers, and the Grand Lodge proceeded to ballot. 

The M.'.W.'. Leonidas E. Pratt was elected Grand Master. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 2 o'clock this afternoon. 

ft* fentl |lM%e. 

Afternoon Session, 
Friday, October 15th, A. L. 5869. J 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 2 o'clock, the Grand Master presid- 

The election of Grand Officers was resumed, and 
The R.\ W.\ Isaac S. Titus was elected Deputy Grand Master. 
The special order was suspended to permit Bro. James H. Hardy to 
offer the following resolutions : — 

Resolved, By the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Cali- 
fornia, that the statement appearing in the Sacramento Union of this morning, (the 
15th inst.) from some telegraphic correspondent in this city, which says that " Frank 
M. Pixley, in his Address before the Grand Lodge of Masons to-day, (14th inst.) slop- 
ped over, and disgusted his hearers by statements relative to Masonry and the rebel- 
lion," does that gentleman great injustice, and is utterly untrue. The address of the 
Grand Orator meets the approval of the Grand Lodge, and contains nothing of a 
political character ; and, so far as any reference was made therein to the late civil 
war, its every sentiment was one of liberal and fraternal kindness. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to communicate this resolution 
to the Sacramento Union for publication. 

Which resolutions were adopted. 

The election of Grand Officers was proceeded with, and 
The R.\ W.\ John S. Ward was elected Senior Grand Warden ; 
The R.\ W.\ Eichard Dale was elected Junior Grand Warden; 
The V.\ W.\ James Laidley was unanimously reelected Grand Treas- 
urer ; and 

The V.\ W.\ Alexander G. Abell was unanimously reelected Grand 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until to-morrow morning at 10 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 141 

gtt femd £*&&. 

Morning Session, 
Saturday, October 16th, A. L. 

5869. } 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 10 o'clock, the Grand Master 

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the minutes of the sessions of 
yesterday were read and approved. 

Bro. John W. Harville, from the Committee on Charters, presented 
the following report: — 

To the M.'.W.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred the matter of constituting new Lodges 
to which charters were granted at the last Annual Communication, report that they 
have performed the duty assigned them, and find that the following Lodges have 
been duly constituted and their officers installed in accordance with our laws, viz : 
Keith, No. 187, Oakland, No. 188, Latrobe, No. 189, Northern Light, No. 190, Marin, 
No. 191, and Santa Barbara, No. 192. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

John W. Harville, 
William H. Culver, 
Robert Aitken, 
David Schindler, 
Ben j. VV. Barnes, 

■ Committee. 

Which report was concurred in. 

Bro. Gilbert B. Claiborne, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, 
presented a report relative to the memorial from certain members of Mis- 
sion Lodge, No. 169, which was laid on the table and ordered not to be 

Bro. Gilbert B. Claiborne, from the same committee, presented the 
following report : — 
To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Grand Master's Ad- 
dress in which the attention of the Grand Lodge is directed to the consideration of 
the subject of the work and lectures, have given the matter their careful considera- 
tion and respectfully report as follows : — 

. We fully indorse the views expressed by the Grand Master, which are confirmed 
by our association with the representatives of Lodges present at this Communication. 
The promulgation of the work does not seem to have been as effective under the 
present system as it was before the salary attached to the office of Grand Lecturer 
was abolished; and the two systems having been fairly tried with the result before 
us, we have no doubt of the superiority of the former. It seems to be asking too 
much of a brother to expect him to devote as much time as the honest and consci- 
entious discharge of the duties of the position requires, without compensating him, to 
a just extent, for the value of the time which he is compelled to take from his regular 
vocation. The position is not a sinecure, but requires, besides intellectual capacity, 
that peculiar patience of temper and urbanity of manner which distinguishes the 
successful instructor of youth. If he accepts the position he must give his time, not 

142 Proceedings of the {Oct. 16, 

grudgingly and hurriedly, but freely and leisurely, to those brethren who seek him 
for the purpose of being invested with the knowledge of which he is accepted as the 
standard. In his capacity, his influence is eminently calculated to impress the Craft 
throughout the jurisdiction, favorably or unfavorably; for the instructor of morals 
should so bear himself that the contrast between his teaching and practice is not 
susceptible of invidious discussion. 

Following the suggestion of the Grand Master, we recommend the appointment of 
a Grand Lecturer who shall reside at some convenient and accessible point within 
the jurisdiction, and that the salary allowed him be fixed at the sum of $1,000 per 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, ] 
John S. Ward, ! n~~>~n •«„„ 

Thomas H.Caswell, \ Committee. 
Edmund T. Wilklns, J 

Which report, after some discussion, was laid upon the table until the 
next Annual Communication. 

Bro. Charles L. Wiggix, from the Committee on Grievances, presented 
the following reports : — 

To the Jf.\ W.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom were referred the transcripts in the following cases, 
to wit : that of Dana Parks, expelled by Union Lodge, No. 58, that of Edward P. 
Meiley, expelled by Forest Lodge, Xo. 66, that of Charles F. Smith, expelled by 
Morning Star Lodge, Xo. 68, that of Theodore H. McXelly, expelled by Woodbridge 
Lodge, Xo. 131, and that of Bexj. K. Taylor, expelled by Hose's Bar Lodge, Xo. 
89, in which there are no appeals, have had the same under consideration and re- 
spectfully report that the proceedings in each of the cases named are regular, and 
that no action is required on the part of the Grand Lodge. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Jas. Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \- Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the 3L-. Wr. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom were referred the transcripts in the following cases, to 
wit : that of Abijah McCall, expelled by Santa Clara Lodge, Xo. 34 ; that of John 
J. Huscroft, suspended by Trinity Lodge, Xo. 27 ; that of Lawson If. Russle, a 
Fellow Craft, expelled by Mount Zion Lodge, Xo. 114 ; that of George Henckel, 
expelled by La Fayette Lodge, No. 126 ; that of Henry Steitz, expelled by La Fay- 
ette Lodge, Xo. 126 ; that of Peter Drunzner, suspended by Mount Carmel Lodge, 
No. L55 ; and that of William Christiansen, expelled by Clear Lake Lodge, Xo. 
183, in which there are no appeals, have had the same under consideration and re- 
port as follows : — 

In all these cases the commissioners elected chairmen. This was not in accord- 
ance with the provision of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, by which it is pro- 
vided that ki The commissioners * * * shall be presided over by the Master, who 
shall decide all questions of Masonic law which may arise during the trial.'' The 
courts thus not having been legally constituted, their proceedings are null and void. 
It is greatly to be regretted that Masters of Lodges will not read the Constitution and 
acquaint themselves with its provisions. If they would do so, the labors of the com- 
mittees of the Grand Lodge would be vastl/ lessened. 

In some of these cases it does not appear that the commissioners were elected ; 
in others, no copy of the charges against the acccused is furnished in the transcript- ; 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 143 

in others, no notice to the accused is shown, whilst it does not appear that his resi- 
dence is unknown, and that the trial was ordered by the Worshipful Master to pro- 
ceed ex parte ; and in others, the evidence upon which the commissioners acted is 
not sent up— all which is required by our laws. Your committee therefore recom- 
mend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the action of the respective Lodges in this report mentioned, in 
the several cases named herein, be reversed and set aside, and that the cases be re- 
manded for further proceedings. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, j- Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the Mr. W.'. Grand Lodge of California .— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Edward W. Tifft, from the 
action of the commissioners appointed by the Grand Master to try him on certain 
charges preferred against him, in sentencing him to be suspended from all the rights 
and privileges of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and respectfully 
report that the evidence is sufficient to sustain the verdict and sentence. They there- 
fore recommend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the action of the commissioners in sentencing Edward W. Tifft, 
Master of Pacific Lodge, No. 136, to be suspended from all the rights and privileges 
of Masonry, be and the same is hereby affirmed. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the 3L\ W.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom were referred the transcripts in the cases of Joseph 
McCokmick, suspended by Ah ell Lodge. No. 146, and of 0. S. Livermore, expelled 
by Alameda Lodge, No. 167, in which there are no appeals, have had the same under 
consideration and respectfully report that the said transcripts are defective in the 
following particulars : The transcript in the case of Joseph McCormick does not 
show that the commissioners were elected, or who presided over their deliberations, 
and does not contain the evidence given before the commissioners. That in the case 
of 0. S. Livermore does not contain the charges against the accused. Your com- 
mittee therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the transcript in the case of Joseph McCormick be returned to 
Abell Lodge, No. 146, with instructions to perfect the same in accordance with the 
report, and that Alameda Lodge, No. 167, be instructed to furnish a copy of the 
charges against 0. S. Livermore, to be placed on file with the transcript of the case 
in the archives of the Grand Lodge. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, [ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of John C. Boggs from the ac- 
tion of Eureka Lodge, No. 16, in suspending him from all the rights and privileges 
of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and report that the evidence is 

141 Proceedings of the [Oct. 16, 

sufficient to sustain the verdict and sentence. They therefore recommend the adop- 
tion of the following resolution : — 

Resolved, That the action of Eureka Lodge, No. 16, in suspending John C. Boggs 
from all the rights and privileges of Masonry, be and the same is hereby affirmed. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \ Committee. 

James Barclay, | 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the appeal of George W. Trainor from 
the action ot Xtcolaus Lodge, No. 129, in suspending him from all the rights and 
privileges of Masonry, have had the same under consideration and report as follows: 

The accused was convicted upon four charges. On the first — that of falsely and 
maliciously preferring charges against a brother, with intent to injure his good name 
as a Mason — your committee believe, from the evidence before them, that he was 
improperly convicted. The testimony upon the trial of that brother, the substance 
of which is in evidence before your committee, showed that the case needed investi- 
gation in order to ascertain the real facts thereof. The second, third and fourth 
charges are general, containing no specifications whatever, and presenting nothing 
for investigation. The commissiuners therefore erred in convicting upon those 

In arguing the case before your committee, the representative of the Lodge stat- 
ed that it would be foolish to put the Lodge to the trouble of a new trial, as the ac- 
cused would be sure to be convicted again. This, we fear, is the animus of the 
matter. But the Lodge must recollect that this Grand Lodge can compel its subor- 
dinates to do justice. Your committee recommend the adoption of the following 
resolution : — 

Besolved, That the action of Nicolaus Lodge, No. 129, in suspending George W. 
Trainor from all the rights and privileges of Masonry be reversed and set aside, and 
that the case be remanded for further proceedings. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Jas. Lawrence English, "] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, \ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the petition of Abijah McCall, expelled 
by Santa Clara Lodge, No. 34, calling the attention of the Grand Lodge to certain 
alleged irregularities upon his trial, have had the same under consideration and 
respectfully report that having already presented a report upon the case, no further 
action is required. They therefore ask to be discharged from the further considera- 
tion of the petition. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

James Lawrence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, [ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

To the 3L-. W.'. Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, to whom was referred that portion of the report of the Grand 
Secretary relative to the non-transmission of transcripts in the case of Wm. Mulld 
suspended by Forbestown Lodge, No. 50, on the 21st of December, 18G7, and in the 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 145 

case of *E. R. Lockley, expelled by Visalia Lodge, No. 12^, on the 21st of August, 
1869, have had the same under consideration, and respectfully report the following 
resolution for adoption : — 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be and he is hereby directed to communicate 
immediately with the Lodges named, calling their attention to the provisions of Sec. 
10, Art. IV, Part VI, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, and that the Grand 
Master be and he is hereby directed, in the event of the continued neglect or disobe- 
dience of either of the said Lodges, to arrest the charter of the offending Lodge. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

J as. La whence English, ] 

Charles L. Wiggin, 

Isaac Upham, [ Committee. 

James Barclay, 

Cyrus C. Cummings, J 

All which reports were concurred in and the resolutions accompanying 
them were adopted. 

Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler, from the Committee on Finances, presented 
the following report : — 

To the Mr. Wr. Grand Lodje of California :— 

Your committee, to whom was referred the resolution of Bro. William H. Hill 
requesting the report of some plan for the equitable distribution or permanent in- 
vestment of the surplus funds now in the treasury of the Grand Lodge, having care- 
fully considered the matter, respectfully report that, in their opinion, the present is 
a proper time for the establishment of a fund which shall be in the nature of a sur- 
plus or reserve fund, to be allowed to increase from interest collected thereon, and 
from such additions as the Grand Lodge may from time to time deem proper to ap- 
ply thereto ; and that no necessity at present exists of sufficient force to influence 
them to recommend the distribution of those funds to the Boards of Relief referred 
to in the resolution under consideration. They therefore submit the following reso- 
lutions and recommend their adoption : — 

Resolved, That the sum of five thou-and dollars be and the same is hereby set 
aside from the general fund as a surplus or reserve fund, and that three persons, 
members of this Grand Lodge, be elected annually, who shall jointly take charge of 
and loan or invest said sum and such further sums as may from time to time be sim- 
ilarly appropriated, at their discretion, and also have the charge of the stock of the 
Masonic Hall Association belonging to the Grand Lodge, and render an account of 
their doings at each Annual Communication. 

Resolved, That the persons, so chosen as above, be and are hereby required to 
jointly execute and file in the office of the Grand Secretary a sufficient bond to the 
Grand Master, to be approved by him, for the faithful performance of their duties, 
an 1 to pay over and transfer the property which shall have come into their keeping 
to such persons and at such times as may hereafter be designated by the Grand 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Joseph B. Scotchler, ] 

Geor.e J. Hobe, 

John R. Buckbee, }■ Committee. 

Abjsha Swain, 

Robert H. Blossom, J 

* It gives the Grand Secretary much pleasure to say that immediately upon the return 
from the (-.rand Lodge of the representative of Visalia Lodge, No. 128, the transcript in the 
case of E. R. Lockley was transmitted to this office.— A. G. A., Grd. Sec. 


146 Proceedings of the [Oct. 16, 

Which report was concurred in and the resolutions accompanying it 
were adopted. 

Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler, from a majority of the Committee on Finan- 
ces, presented the following report : — 

To the Jf.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, as has been the custom heretofore, respectfully recommend the 
following appropriations for the ensuing year : — 

For expenses of the elective Grand Officers and of this Communication, $ 250 00 

For printing, rent, and other expenses of the Grand Secretary's office, 3,500 00 

For salary of the Grand Secretary, 3,600 00 

For salary of the Assistant Grand Secretary, 1,500 00 

For salary of the Grand Treasurer, 200 00 

For salary of the Grand Organist, 50 00 

For salary of the Grand Tyler, 100 00 

For services of the Chairman of the Committee on Correspondence, 150 00 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Joseph B. Scotchler, -i 
John R. Buckbee, [ nr ., />«—.**#— 

Abisha Swain, i\°f the Committee. 

Robert H. Blossom, J 

Bro. George J. Hobe, from the same committee, presented the follow- 
ing report : — 
To the M.'. W.\ Grand Lodge of California :— 

The undersigned, a member of ^our Committee on Finances, respectfully dissents 
from that portion of the report of the majority of that committee which increases 
the salary of the Assistant Grand Secretary. 

The undersigned believes that the sum of $4,800, with the addition of at least 
$400 fees, as now allowed by the Constitution, making $5,200, for the Grand Secre- 
tary and his Assistant, is amply sufficient for the labor required, and therefore 
recommends that the salary of the Grand Secretary and Assistant Grand Secretary 
be the same as last year. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

George J. Hobe, Of the Committee. 

Both which reports were considered, and that of the majority of the 
committee was concurred in. 

Bro. Amasa W. Bishop, from the committee to audit accounts of rep- 
resentatives, presented the following report: — 

To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

Your committee, appointed to audit the accounts of the representatives of Lodges 
entitled to payment " for their necessary traveling expenses " in attending the pres- 
ent Communication, together with those of the appointed Grand Officers and chair- 
men of standing committees entitled to such payment, report the following state- 
ment, showing the names and numbers of all the existing Lodges charged with rep- 
resentative dues — the amount of dues paid or payable by each on account of the 
Representative Fund — the day of the Communication on which each Lodge was rep- 
resented, if represented at all — and the amount allowed to each of such representa- 
tives, where allowance of anything was made, as follows : — 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 147 

Name and Number of Lodge. Dues to Rep. Fund. When Represented. Am't Allowed 

California, No. 1 $206 50 Paid 1st day $- 

Western Star, " 2 29 00.... Paid " " 

Tehama, " 3 42 00.... Paid " " 

Benicia, " 5 27 00.... Paid " " 

Tuolumne, " 8 29 50. . . .Paid " " 

Marysville, " 9 2600. ...Paid " " 

San Jose, " 10 58 50. ...Paid " " 

Yount, " 12 23 00.... Paid " " 

Nevada, " 13...... 62 50. ...Paid " " 

Temple, " 14 11 60.... Paid " " 

Eureka, " 16 22 50. ...Paid " " 

Parfaite Union, " 17 53 00. . . .Paid " " 

Mountain Shade, " 18 26 00. ...Paid " " 

San Joaquin, " 19 29 00.... Paid " ° 

Washington, " 20 33 00.... Paid " " 

Occidental, " 22 137 50. .. .Paid " " 

Madison, " 23 64 00.... Paid " " 

Mariposa, " 24 2350. ...Paid " M 

Georgetown, " 25 2850. ...Paid " " 

El Dorado, " 26 2900. ...Paid " "....... 

Trinity, " 27 31 00.... Paid " " 

Columbia, " 28 2850. ...Paid " " 

Diamond, " 29 15 00.... Paid " " 

Golden Gate, " 30 81 00.... Paid " " 

Mokelumne, " 31 12 50.... Paid 

Gold Hill, " 32 21 50.... Paid 1st day 

Ophir, " 33 15 00.... Paid " w 

Santa Clara, " '34 29 50.... Paid " " 

San Diego, " 35 1400. ...Paid " M 

Saint John's " 37 21 50.... Paid " " 

Santa Cruz, " 38 48 00. . . .Paid " " 

Ftfc^a, " 39 36 25.... Paid " " 

Sacramento, " 40 53 50 Paid " " 

Martinez, " 41 26 50.... Paid " " 

Los Angeles, " 42 29 50. . . .Paid " u 

Hiram, " 43 16 00.... Paid " " 

Mount Moriah, " 44 102 50. .. .Paid " " 

Crescent, u 45 18 00. . . .Paid 

Texas, " 46 30 50.... Paid 1st day 

Michigan City, " 47 2400. ...Paid " " 

Forbestown, " 50 1850. ...Paid " " 

Minoistown, " 51 2100 Paid " " 

Saint James, u 54 15 00 Paid " " 

Suisun, " 55 38 00 Paid " u 

Volcano, " 56 29 50.... Paid " " 

Santa Rosa, " 57 24 50.... Paid " " 

Union, " 58 67 50. .. .Paid 2d day 

Gravel Range, " 59 30 00 Paid 1st day 

Plumas, M 60 1100 Paid V " 

Live Oak, " 61 38 50 Paid " " 

George Washington, " 62 12 50. . . .Paid " " 

Natoma, " 64 25 50 Paid " " 

Amador, " 65 23 00. . . .Paid " " 19 00 

56 00 

12 00 

5 00 

30 00 

18 00 

6 00 

7 00 

25 00 

5 00 

18 00 

65 00 

10 00 

12 00 

25 00 

40 00 

29 00 

72 50 

30 00 

26 00 

18 00 

37 00 

6 00 

94 00 

105 00 

12 00 

18 00 

2 50 

70 00 

25 00 

15 00 

30 00 

40 00 

19 50 

35 00 

8 00 

32 00 

8 00 


60 00 

3 00 

34 00 

18 00 

148 Proceedings of the [Oct. 16, 

Name and number of Lodge. 


M irnin j Star, u 

Enter prise, 
Mountain Forest, " 

Bi car Mountain, " 

Petaluma, " 

Rising Star, " 

Indian Diggings, " 

Saint Louis, " 


Quitman, " 

Eose's Bar, " 

Jfcrft Star, 


SainJ Helena, " 

Howard, " 

Jefferson, " 

Hornitos, " 

ia Grange, " 

Campo Seco, " 

Mauzanita, lt 

OrovULe, " 

Lexington, u 

Siskiyou, " 

Areata, " 
Mount Jefferson, " 

Owen, " 

Dibble, " 

Pajaro, " 

Summit, " 

Eden, " 

Mount Zion, " 

Sam* Mark's, " 

Concord, " 

Clinton, " 

Fidelity, " 

Ionic, " 

Alamo, " 

Sotoyome, " 
TafrZe Mountain, " 

Progress, " 

La Fayette, " 

, 66.. 

G8. . 

Dues to Rep. F 
.... 20 00. 
.... 45 50. 
. ... 34 00.. 
. ... 27 00.. 
.... 13 00., 
.... 11 50., 
.... 12 50.. 
.... 29 50.. 
. ... 15 00.. 
. ... 20 50.. 
. ... 13 00.. 
. ... 19 00.. 
. ... 26 00.. 
.... 31 50.. 
. ... 9 50.. 
. ... 33 00.. 
. ... 50 00.. 
. ... 19 00.. 
. ... 15 00.. 
. ... 18 00.. 
. ... 13 50.. 
... 12 75 . . 






When Represented. 

. . . .1st day 

Am't Allowed. 

40 00 
10 00 

69 . 

(< a 

18 00 


a a 

18 00 


cc « 

24 00 

75 . 

(« it 

63 00 

76 . 


..Paid. ... 
..Paid ., 

a a 

32 00 


a a 

6 00 


a a 

18 00 


....3d day 

1st day 

20 00 
20 00 

83 . 

a a 

30 00 


a a 

47 00 


a a 

37 50 


a a 
a a 

60 00 
3 00 


a a 

38 00 

89. . 

. Paid.. 

. .Paid. .. 

2d day 

92. . 

1st day 

<< n 

... 104 00 
20 00 


a a 

9 00 

95. . 

. ... 22 00.. 
.... 23 50.. 
. ... 17 00.. 
.... 24 00.. 
.... 9 50.. 
. ... 16 00.. 
. ... 20 50.. 
. . . . 35 25 . . 
. ... 32 00.. 
. ... 20 00.. 
.... 7 50.. 
.... 12 50.. 
. ... 6 00.. 
. ... 13 00 . 
.... 10 00.. 
.... 2L 00.. 
. ... 41 50.. 
.... 17 00.. 
. ... 20 00.. 
. ... 8 00.. 
. ... 10 50.. 
. ... 25 50.. 
. ... 10 50.. 
. ... 66 00.. 
. ... 17 00.. 
. ... 16 50.. 
, ... 24 50.. 
. ... 16 00.. 
. ... 54 50.. 
.... 28 50.. 
. ... 46 00.. 

. .Paid. . 
..Paid. . 
..Paid .. 
. .Paid . . 

a a 

23 00 


a a 

105 00 


a a 

60 00 


a it 

40 00 

99. . 

a a 

34 00 


a a 

25 00 


a a 

22 00 


a a 

28 00 

103 . 

a a 

30 00 


a tt 

80 00 


a a 

111 00 


a a 


a a 

40 00 


a a 

108 00 

109 . 


. . .1st day 

a a 

20 00 
36 00 


. .Rem'd . 

a a 

18 00 


a a 

2 50 



. . 1st day 

a a 

26 00 
12 00 


a a 
a a 

58 00 


a a 

25 00 


...2d day 

. . .1st day 

11 00 


a a 

30 00 


tt a 


a a 

15 00 


a a 


Grand Lodge of California. 


Name and Number 


















Eel River, 




Mount Carmel, 



Pilot Hill, 





San Mateo, 


Elk Grove, 

Dry town, 






Russian River, 


Clear Lake, 

Sierra Valley, 


Ecening Star, 




Northern Light 


Santa Barbara, 

Fern dale, 

Mountain View, 


of Lodge. Dues to Rep. 

No. 128 40 00... 

" 129 5 50... 

" 131 22 75... 

" 132 21 00... 

" 133 12 50... 

" 134 16 00... 

" 135 16 50... 

" 136 90 00... 

" 138 7 00... 

" 139...... 42 50... 

" 140 10 00... 

" 141 13 00... 

" 142 27 00... 

" 143 5 50... 

" 144 71 00... 

" 145 14 50... 

" 146 26 00... 

" 147 15 50... 

" 149 32 00... 

" 150 17 50.. 

" 151 29 50... 

11 155 16 50... 

" 156 21 00... 

" 158 19 00.., 

" 160 11 50... 

" 161 11 50... 

" 164 13 50.. 

" 166 58 50... 

" 167 22 50... 

" 168 16 50... 

11 169 56 50... 

u 173 8 00... 

" 174 14 00... 

" 175 30 00... 

" 176 19 50... 

" 178 16 50... 

" 179 27 50... 

11 180 25 00... 

" 181 24 00... 

11 182 9 00... 

" 183 13 00... 

11 184 11 00... 

" 185 9 00... 

" 186 18 00... 

" 187 24 50... 

" 188 ii 00... 

" 189 7 50... 

" 190 10 50... 

" 191 15 00... 

" 192 13 00... 

U. D 8 50... 

" M 12 00... 

" " 9 50.. 

When Represented. 

. , . .1st day 



.Paid . 

.Paid 1st day. 

.Paid " 

.Paid " 

.Paid " 

.Paid " 

.Paid " 

.Paid " 

.Paid M 

.Paid " 

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.Paid " 

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.Paid . .1st day, 

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.Paid 2d day. 

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i't .Allowed. 
65 00 
25 00 
18 00 
64 00 
38 00 
10 00 

15 00 

30 00 

16 00 

25 50 

30 00 

100 00 

39 00 

6 00 

10 00 

55 00 

16 00 

102 00 

10 00 

3 00 

24 00 

56 00 

2 50 

60 00 

.Paid 1st day. 

8 00 

150 Proceedings of the [Oct. 16, 

Name and Number of Lodge. Dues to Rep. Fund. When Represented. Am't Allowed. 

San Simeon, U. D 8 00.... Paid 1st day 45 00 

Paradiae, * " 1150 Paid 3d day 

Wilmington, " " 6 00.... Paid 

Hartley, " " 12 50. . . .Paid 1st day 

Truch " " 17 50.... Paid " " 

SUveyviUe, «" 1050. ...Paid " « 

Peittalpha, "" 4 50.... Paid " " 

Confidence, "" "7 50.... Paid " " 

Valutas, " " 5 50 Paid " " 

26 00 

34 00 

8 00 

70 00 

13 00 

16 00 

Total dues to Eep. Fund, . . .$4,389 50 Total allowances, $4,357 50 

It will be seen by the foregoing statement that to thirtj'-four Lodges no allowance 
has been made. Of these, thirteen— being Nos. 1, 17, 22, 30, 44, 120, 125, 127, 136, 
139, 144, 166, and 169 — though they are represented a d their dues are paid, are lo- 
cated in this city ; twelve— being Nos. 31, 45, 109, 114, 141, 168, 173, 182, 183, Fern- 
dale, U. D., Mountain View, U. D., and Wilmington, U. D. — have paid their dues, 
but are not represented at all ; six— being Nos. 58, 79, 89, 122, 175, and Paradise, 
U. D. — have paid their dues but were not represented on the first day, as the rules of 
the Grand Lodge prescribe; one — No. 106, is represented by a brother residing in 
this city; and two — Nos. 26 and 40, are represented by Grand Officers who receive 
payment in that capacity. 

The amounts allowed to the appointed Grand Officers and Chairmen of Standing 
Committees, in attendance and entitled to payment, are as follows : to the 

Grand Chaplain, $12 00 

Grand Lecturer, 27 00 

Grand Bible Bearer, 3 00 

Senior Grand Deacon, 80 00 

Amount carried forward, $.22 00 

Amount brought forward, $122 00 

Junior Grand Deacon, 20 00 

Chm. Committee on Grievances,. . 12 00 
Chm. Committee on Jurisprud'ce, 12 00 

Being in all, $166 00 

To which add amount allowed to representatives, as above, 4,357 50 

And the total of allowances are $4,523 50 

The dues on account of the Eepresentative Fund, for the year eading July 

31, 1869, as shown above, amount to ! $4,389 50 

From which deduct amount remitted to Alamo Lodge, No. 122,. . 16 50 $4,373 00 
The balance to the credit of the fund, July 31, 1869, was 1,427 50 

Making the present amount of the Representative Fund $5,800 50 

The disbursements at this Communication, as shown above, if all allow- 
ances are called for, will be $4,523 50 

Leaving a balance to the credit of the fund of $1 ,277 00 

From the foregoing it will be seen that the sum of fifty cents, levied last year 
upon each member borne upon the roll of the subordinates, did not quite suffice to 
pa- the exp nses of the represent ,ti es and others entitled to payment at the pre- 
sent Communication. But as there is still a balance of $1,277 00 to the credit of the 
fund, your committee are of the opinion that the amount levied last year will suffice 
for the year to come, and they therefore recommend the adoption of the following 
resolution : — 

Resolved, That there be levied upon the Lodges of this jurisdiction for the ensu 
ing Masonic year, in addition to the dues prescribed by the Constitution, the sum of 
fifty cents for each member borne upon their respective rolls at the date of their 
annual returns, for account of the Representative Fund ; which assessment shall be 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 151 

paid at the same time and in the same manner as is prescribed for the payment of 

the regular annual dues. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

Amasa W. Bishop, ] 

Thomas E. Rowan, v Committee. 

Joseph B. Cooke, ) 

The chairman of the committee stated satisfactory reasons why three 
Lodges, to whose representatives, under the regulation, no allowance has 
been made, were not represented upon the first day of the Communica- 
tion ; and, upon his motion, the report was amended so as to include al- 
lowances for traveling expenses to the representatives of Union Lodge, 
No. 58, $12— Humboldt Lodge, No. 79, $45— and Rose's Bar Lodge, No. 
89, $22 50:— 

Being a total of additional allowances of, $ 79 50 

To which add the amount reported by the committee, 4,523 50 

And the aggregate of allowances will be , $4,603 00 

Leaving to the credit of the Representative Fund, 1,197 50 

The report of the committee, as thus amended, was concurred in and 
the resolution acompanying it was adopted. 

On motion of the Grand Secretary, for reasons often stated and well 
known to the Grand Lodge, the dues of Hawaiian Lodge, No. 21, for the 
year ending 31st July, 1869, were remitted. 

On motion of Bro. "William H. Culver, the installation of the Grand 
Officers was made the special order for 3 o'clock, P. M., this day. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 2 J o'clock this afternoon. 

gn toul §&%. 

Afternoon Session, \ 

Saturday, October 16*A, A. L. 5869. j 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 2} o'clock, the Grand Master pre- 

Bro. Joseph B. Scotchler offered the following resolution : — 
Resolved, That Bros. James Laidley, Richard Dale, and George C. HiCKox,late 
Trustees of the Masonic Hall Fund, he and are hereby elected Trustees, to take 
charge of the Reserve Fund of this Grand Lodge created by resolution at its pres- 
ent Communication. 

Which resolution was adopted. 

Bro. John S. Ward, from the Committee on Jurisprudence, presented 
a report, which, after some discussion, was, at his request, permitted to be 

The hour for the special order — the installation of the Grand Officers — 


Proceedings of the 

[Oct. 16, 

" Grand Orator, 

" Asst. Grand Secretary,.. 

4> Grand Lecturer, 

11 Grand Marshal, 

u Grand Bil>le Bearer, 

11 Grand Standard Bearer,. 
" Grand Sword Bearer,... 
11 Senior Grand Deacon, .. 
" Junior Grand Deacon, . . 

•' Grand Stewards, j 

" Grand Organist, 

" Grand Pursuivant, 

" Grand Tyler, 

.of Georgetown 
.of Occidental 
. of Marin 















having arrived, the following appointments for the ensuing year were an- 
nounced as having been made by the Grand Master elect, viz: — 

As Grand Ch i plain, Bro. William H. Hill,. . .of Sacramento Lodge, Xo. 40 

James H. Hardy, of Progress 

Lawrence C. wen,. of Excelsior 
John W. Shaeffer,. .of Mount Moriah 
Ikying N. McGuire,. .of La Fayette 
Benjamin Akerly,. . .of Live Oak 

John M. Keith, of Keith 

Samuel Prager, of Los Angeles ' 

Wm. A. Holcomb,. . . .of California 

Thomas J. Orgon, . . .of Hiram 

Bsnj. W. Barnes, . . .of Jefferson 

James D. McMurry 

Samuel D. Mayer,. 

Wm. N. Anderson, , 

James Oglesby, of Excelsior 

And the Grand Officers, elected and appointed, were duly installed in 
their respective stations and places by the retiring Grand Master, the 
M.\ W.\ Charles Marsh. 

Bro. William IT. Hill offered the following resolutions: — 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due and are hereby cordially 
tendered to our late M.-.W.-. Grand Master, Bro. Charles Marsh, not only for the 
able and faithful manner in which he has discharged the duties of that office, but 
also for his long and acceptable services as a member and officer of this Grand 
Lodge ; and that the elective Grand Officers be appointed a committee with power 
to devise and procure a suitable testimonial for presentation to him at the next 
Annual Communication. 

Resolved, That the retiring Grand Master, the M.\ W.'. Charles Marsh, be 
requested to sit for his portrait, and that the Grand Secretary be instructed to have 
it suitably framed and placed among the other portraits in the offices of the Grand 

Which resolutions were unanimously adopted. 

The Grand Master announced the following as the Standing Commit- 
tees for the year : — 

On Correspondence : 
Bro. William H. Hill, 
" Amasa W. Bishop, 
" Manuel C. Parkinson, 
" Daniel B. Kurtz, 
" Alexander Thorn. 
On Jurisprudence : 
Bro. Gilbert B. Claiborne, 
" William C. Belcher, 
" Edmund T. Wilkins, 
M Abisha Swain, 
" Cyrus C. Cummings. 

On Grievances : 
Bro. James L. English, 
" Charles L. Wiggin, 
" John R. Buckbee, 
" Charles E. Hutton, 
" Elias Jacob. 
On Returns : 
Bro. Lawrence C. Owen, 
" William V. McGarvey, 
" George W. Perkins, 
" Oscar V. Walker, 
" Joseph B. Cooke. 

The Grand Secretary reported that the Lodges for which charters had 
been ordered at this Communication would be named and numbered as 
follows : — 

1869.] Grand Lodge of California. 153 

No. 193, at Ferndale, Humboldt County ; 

Mountain View, Santa Clara County ; 
Buckeye, Yolo County ; 
Rosaville, San Luis Obispo County ; 
Haywood, Alameda County ; 
Wilmington, Los Angeles County ; 
Lakeport, Lake County ; 
Truckee, Nevada County ; 
Silveyville, Solano County ; 
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County ; 
Castroville, Monterey County; 
Salinas, Montere}^ County. 

He also reported that, of the one hundred and seventy Lodges now in 
existence under this jurisdiction, one hundred and fifty-seven had been 
represented during the Communication. 

The several regular and special committees were then called in their 
proper order, and no further business appearing, after prayer by the Grand 
Chaplain and appropriate music by the choir, the Grand Lodge of California 
was closed in J^mple ^orm* 


Grand Master. 

Grand Secretary. 

Ferndale, 5 


Mountain View, 

< 194, 


" 195, 

San Simeon, 

" 196, 


1 197, 


" 198, 


" 199, 


< 200, 


" 201, 

Pent alpha, 

" 202, 


" 203, 


< 204, 

154 Statement of the Grand Secretary of the 


Of Receipts by the Grand Secretary, during the quarter year from August 1st, to 

October 31st, inclusive, A. L. 5869. 

Gen. Fund. Rep. Fund. 
Aug. 1, Mount Jefferson, No. 107, dues in full to July 31, 1869,. 

1, Dibble, 

" 109, 

1, Curtis, 

" 140, 

1, Quitman, 

" 88, 

1, Wbodbridge, 

" 131, 

1, El Dorado, 

" 26, 

1, Alameda, 

" 167, 

2, Golden Gate, 

" 30, 

2, Vacaville, 

" 134, 

3, Temple, 

" 14, 

3, Georgetown, 

u 25, 

3, Diamond, 

" 29, 

3, Michigan City, 

" 47, 

3, Volcano, 

" 56, 

3, Petaluma, 

" 77, 

3, Naval, 

- 87, 

3, Harmony, 

" 164, 

3, Claiborne, 

" 185, 

4, Amador, 

" 65, 

4, Manzanita, 

" 102, 

4, San Joaquin, 

" 19, 

4, Eden, 

" 113, 

4, Oriental, 

" 144, 

4, Arcturus, 

" 180, 

5, Western Star, 


5, Nevada, 

" 13, 

5, Parfaile Union, 

" 17, 

5, Mountain Forest, 

" 75, 

5, Campo Seco, 

" 100, 

5, Owen, 

" 108, 

5, Latrobe, 

" 189, 

6, Washington, 

" 20, 

6, Henry Clay, 

" 95, 

6, ia Grange, 

" 99, 

6, Vilruvius, 

"' 145, 

6, Afoft, 

" 146, 

6, Palmyra, 

" 151, 

6, Jeffei % son, 

" 97, 

7, Grafton, 

" 141, 

8, £ai?i£ John's, 

" 37, 

9, Merced, 

" 176, 

9, Sierra Valley, 

" 184, 

10, Saint Mark's, 

" 115, 

10, Howard, 

" 96, 

10, Yosemite, 

" 133, 

11, Tehama, 

" 3, 

11, Fow/^, 

" 12, 

. $19 00 

6 00 

. 25 00 

10 00 

. 37 00 

10 00 

. 48 00 

19 00 

. 57 00 

22 75 

. 70 00 

29 00 

. 66 00 

22 50 

. 207 00 

81 00 

. 44 00 

16 00 

. 25 00 

11 50 

. 70 00 

28 50 

. 37 00 

15 00 

. 61 00 

24 00 

69 00 

29 50 

. 101 00 

29 50 

. 152 00 

50 00 

. 35 00 

13 50 

\ 39 00 

9 00 

. 62 00 

23 00 

. 80 00 

35 52 

. 71 00 

29 00 

. 76 00 

20 00 

. 183 00 

71 00 

. 115 00 

25 00 

. 66 00 

29 00 

. 156 00 

62 50 

. 169 00 

53 00 

. 23 00 

11 50 

, 41 00 

16 00 

. 33 00 

13 00 

. 26 00 

7 60 

. 81 00 

33 00 

. 64 00 

22 00 

. 21 00 

9 50 

. 44 00 

14 50 

. 56 00 

26 00 

. 103 00 

29 50 

. 49 00 

17 00 

. 40 00 

13 00 

. 55 00 

21 50 

,. 57 00 

19 50 

. 34 00 

11 00 

. 30 00 

10 50 

. 56 00 

23 50 

. 29 00 

12 :.0 

. 108 00 

42 00 

. . 76 00 

23 00 

Amounts carried forward, $3,166 00 $1,160 50 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Aug. 11, 

" 11. 

" 12, 

" 12, 

M 12, 

" 12, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 13, 

" 14, 

" 14, 

" 14, 

" 14, 

" 15, 

" 15, 

" 16, 

M 16, 

" 16, 

11 17, 

" 17, 

" 17, 

" 18, 

" 19, 

" 19, 

11 19, 

" 19, 

" 19, 

u 19, 

" 20, 

" 20, 

" 20, 

" 20, 

" 21, 

" 21, 

" 23, 

" 24, 

" 25, 

M 25, 

• " 26, 

u 26, 

" 26, 

" 26, 

" 26, 

•' 27, 

" 28, 

Amounts brought forward, 

Forbestown, No. 50, dues in full to July 31, 1869, 




Mount Carmel, 












Evening Star, 

Northern Light, 




Santa Cruz, 

Pilot Hill, 



Russian River, 


Los Angeles, 



Pel River, 






Santa Barbara, 




North Star, 


Mount Moriah, 



Mount Zion, 

Saint Helena, 



Santa Clara, 


















































Gen. Fund. Rep 
. . $3,166 00 $1 
. 52 00' 
. 94 00 
. 37 00 
. 14 00 
. 39 00 

. 100 00 
. 76 00 

. 77 00 

. 114 00 
. 63 00 
. 37 00 

. 112 00 
. 11 00 

. 177 00 
. 31 00 

. 62 00 

. 55 00 

. 41 00 
. 96 00 
. 54 00 

. 169 00 

. 117 00 

. 44 00 
. 63 00 
. 29 00 
. 78 00 
. 60 00 
. 62 00 
. 50 00 
. 59 00 
. 46 00 

. 67 00 

. 116 00 
. 21 00 
. 35 00 

. 206 00 
. 60 00 

. 63 00 
. 41 00 
. 70 00 
. 40 00 

. 173 00 

. 260 00 

. 184 00 
. 61 00 

. 16 00 

. 41 00 

. 88 00 

. 70 00 

. 96 00 

. Fund. 

,160 50 
18 50 
40 00 

13 50 

7 00 
16 50 

30 00 

27 00 

31 00 
38 00 
25 50 

10 50 
46 00 

5 50 
56 50 

11 00 
24 00 

18 00 

10 50 
34 00 
15 00 
64 00 
48 00 

11 50 
20 00 

11 50 
24 00 

19 00 
29 50 
18 00 

20 50 

15 50 

16 50 
42 50 

9 00 

14 00 
48 00 
13 00 
22 50 
16 50 

28 50 
18 00 

66 00 
102 50 

67 50 

21 00 

8 00 

12 75 
27 50 
24 50 

29 50 

Amounts carried forward, $6993 00 $2497 75 


Aug. 28 

" 30, 

" 30, 

" 31, 

Bept 2, 

" 2, 









" 11, 

" 15, 

" 15, 

" 16, 

" 16, 

" 16. 

" 16, 

" 19, 

" 19, 

" 22, 

" 22, 

" 23, 

" 23, 

" 23, 

" 24, 

" 24, 

" 25, 

" 25, 

" 27, 

" 27, 

" 27, 

" 28, 

" 28, 

" 30, 


Statement of the Grand Secretary of the 

Gen. Fund. Eep. Fund. 

Amounts brought forward, $6993 00 


Gold I fill, 
Santa Rosa 
8an Jose, 
Morning Star, 
Saint Louis, 
Op kir, 

Bear Mountain, 
Gravel Range, 
Mountain Shade, 
Saint James, 
Rising Star, 
Live Oak, 
Elk Grove, 

Geo. Washington 
San Simeon, 
C daueras, 
Pi c'a'pha 
San Diego, 

No. 32, dues in full to July 31, 1869, . . . 
" 57, " " " " " " " .... 

it oi << a ti ti a << tt 

U. D., fee for disp'nto form Lodge.. . 

No. 150, dues in full to July 31, 1869,.... 

" 10, 

" 68, 

" 41, 

" 86, 

" 156, 

" 103, 


" 136, 

" 112, 

" 106, 

" 39, 

" 123, 

" 166, 

M 33, 

" 76, 

" 31, 

" 59, 














120, special dispensat'n to reballot, 
62, dues in full to July 31, 1869,. . . . 

U. D., 

No. 121, 

U. D., 

No. 78, 
U. D., 

No. 35, 

" 110, 

U. D., 

No. 22, 

"Sep. 30, 
" July 31, 
" Sep. 30, 

; July 31, 
; Sep. 30, 

1 July 31, 

' Sep. 30, 
' July 31, 

90 00 
62 00 
52 00 
75 00 
45 00 
157 00 
127 00 

68 00 
74 00 

64 00 

79 00 

65 00 
221 00 

44 00 
27 00 
98 00 

80 00 
124 00 

35 00 
39 00 

36 00 
80 00 

69 00 

48 00 

33 00 

49 00 

65 00 
92 00 

50 00 
140 00 

70 00 
78 00 
57 00 

139 00 
17 00 
10 00 

31 00 

34 00 

41 00 

32 00 

42 00 
29 00 
34 00 
14 00 

27 00 

28 00 
53 00 

66 00 
74 00 

356 00 

S2497 75 
21 50 
24 50 

23 50 

17 50 
58 50 
45 50 
26 50 
33 00 
21 00 
32 00 
26 00 
90 00 
17 00 
12 50 
36 25 

24 50 
58 50 
15 00 
12 50 

12 50 
30 00 
26 00 
15 00 

13 00 

19 00 

25 50 
30 50 
21 00 
54 50 

26 00 

27 00 

20 00 
38 50 

8 00 

12 50 

8 00 

17 00 

10 50 

11 50 

7 50 
15 00 

4 50 
6 00 

8 50 

14 00 

21 00 
17 50 

137 50 

Amounts carried forward, $10,518 00 $375 1 00 

Grand Lodge of California. 157 

2869. Gen. Fund. Eep. Fund. 

Amounts brought forward, $10,518 00 $3751 00 

Oct. 8, Mountain View, U. D., dues in full to Sep. 30,1869, 63 00 12 00 

" 11, Lassen, No. 149, " " " " July 31, " .... 93 CO 32 00 

" 11, Hartley, U. D., " " " " Sep. 30, " .... 44 00 12 50 

" 11, lone, No. 80, " " " " July 31, " .... 46 00 13 00 

" 12, Table Mountain, " 124, " " " " " " " .... 35 00 16 00 

M 12, Sacramento, " 40, " " " " " " " ....12600 5350 

" 12, Salinas, U. D., " " " " Sep. 30, " .... 1100 5 50 

" 12, California, No. 1, " " " '• July 31, " ....50800 20650 

" 12, Vesper, " 84, " " " " " " tt .... 87 00 3150 

" 13, Chico, " 111, " " " " " " " ....12100 4150 

" 13, La Fayette, " 126, " " " " " " " .... 80 00 28 50 

" U, Clay, " 101, " " " " " " " .... 6100 20 50 

" 14, Ferndale, U. D., fee for charter, 50 00 

" 14, Buckeye, " " " " " 50 CO 

" 17 , San Simeon, " "." " " 50 00 

" 18, Siskiyou, No. 105, dues in full to July 31, 1869,. .. . 15 00 7 50 

" 18, Paradise, U. D., fee for charter, 50 00 

" 18, Wilmington, " " " " " 50 00 

" 18, Hartley, " " u " M 50 00 

" 18, Truckee, " " " " " 50 00 

" 18,. Silveyville, " " " " " 50 00 

" 18, Peutalpha, " " " " « 50 00 

" 18, Co/*/ide/<ce, " " " " " 50 00 

" 27, Salinas, " " " " " 50 00 

" 30, Buckeye, " " dues in full to Sep. 30, 1869,. .. . 42 00 9 50 

" 31, Tuolumne, No. 8, " " " " July 31, " .... 74 00 29 50 

" 31, San Mateo, " 168, " " " " " " " .... 49 00 16 50 

" 31, AzOan, " 177, " " " " •« " " .... 90 00 

" SI, Indian Diggings, " 85, " " " M " " " .... 27 00 9 50 

" 31, Hiram, " 43, "onacV " " " .... 42 50 16 00 

" 31, Rose's Bar, " 89, " " " " " " " .... 33 25 15 00 

" 31, Nieolaus, " 129, " " " " " " " .... 12 25 5 50 

" 31, Clear Lake, " 183, " " " " " " " .... 42 50 13 00 

" 31, CbltMa, " 142, " " " " " " " .... 36 00 27 00 

Making a total of.. $12,806 50 $4,373 00 

Of balances to the debits of the Lodges on the 3lst day of October, 1869. 

Hiram, No. 43, for balance of dues to July 31st, 1869, $ 1 50 

Roses Bar, " 89, " " " " " " " " 4 75 

*Mcolaus, " 129, " " " " " " <c " 3 75 

*Colusa, " 142, " " " " " " " " , 40 00 

Clear Lake, " 183, ic " " " " " " " 4 50 

^Mountain View, " 194, fee for charter, 50 00 

Being a total unpaid to October 31st, 1869, of $104 50 

* Paid before publication of proceedings. — A. Gr. A., Gr. Sec. 

158 General Regulation of the 



No. 23. All Masonic intercourse between this Grand Lodge and the Grand Orient 
of France is hereby suspended, and the Lodges and Masons of this jurisdiction are 
forbidden to recognize or hold communication with any brother who hails from or 
acknowledges allegiance to the Grand Orient of France, so long as that body con- 
tinues its unlawful and reprehensible invasion of the jurisdictional rights of the 
Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 

Grand Lodge of California. 







For the year to August fst, ji. J5. 5869. 


San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month, 


Robert Riddle, Senior Deacon, 
Edgar Briggs, Junior Beacon, 
William Howe, Marshal, 
John C.Harrington, ) stewardSi 
Albert E. Leonard, j 

Benjamin H. Freeman, Master, 
John F. Snow, Senior Warden, 
Edmund Lane, Junior Warden, 
Stephen M. Balch, Treasurer, 
Charles L. Farrington, Secretary, 
Henry Cox, Chaplain, 

Rector E.Cole, P. S. G. W. 
Alexander G. Abell, Gr. Sec. 
Henry F. Williams, 
Benjamin H. Freeman, 
William H. Lyon, 
William M. Rundell, 
William T. Reynolds, 

William Horton, Organist, 
Ira C. Root, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

George T. Grimes, 
John McComb, 
William W. Traylor, 
William A. Holcomb, 
Andrew L. Morrison, 
Jona. D. Stevenson, P.G.M. 
Lewis Peck, 

Albert H. Jordan, 
L. Steinhart, 
George I. N. Monell, 
Isaac S. Locke, 
William Jeffray, 
Edward W. Roberts. 


Abraham, Jacob 
Adams, William H. 
Ager, John E. 
Ahlers, John D. 
Ahlgren, Charles F. 
Amner, Thomas 
Anderson, David C. 
Arnold, Alex. S. 
Asher, Josephus M. 
Ashley, Sidney J. 

Askew, Daniel 
Athearn, Charles G. 
Bacon, Jacob 
Badlam, Alex. 
Banfield, JohnF. 
Barnard, Robert 
Barrington, George 
Battersby, James 
Baugh, Theodore E. 
Bennett, William 

Benson, George E. 
Berry, Fulton G. 
Bickford, Daniel T. 
Bjorkman, August 
Blake, Charles E. 
Blake, Henry H. 
Blake, John 
Blinn, Cyrus A. 
Bloomingdale, Em'l 
Blythe, Thomas H. 

Bosqui, Edward 
Bourne, Elisha W. 
Bragg, Robert 
Braun, Chas. H. F. 
Bray, John 
Brenham, Chas. J. 
Brett, John K. 
Breyding, Peter 
Brice, William 
Bridge, William E. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Brigham, Calvin 0. 
Brooks, Charles W. 
Brooks, Xonnan C. 
Brown, Roland G. 
Bramagim, Mark 
Bruner, William 11. 
Buck, Louis 
Buffing ton, John M. 
Buker, Livy lv. 
Bunker, Paul 
Burke, Martin J. 
Calvin, Hugh 
Card, Russell 
Chamberlin, Rom. M. 
Childs, George 
Christy, Robert P. 
Churchill, Clark 
Classen, James M. 
Claude, Henry G. 
Claxton, George W. 
Clay, Frederick 
Cleary, William H. 
Cohen, Morris 
Colbourn, Richard 
Connor, John W. 
Convis, Charles E. 
Cook, Eli 

Cook, Napoleon B. 
Cook, Nicholas L. 
Corbett, Alex. C. 
Cordes, Claus H. 
Cornwall, Pierre B. 
Cottingham, H. P. 
Covert, Abraham M. 
Coy, Charles S. 
Craig, William 
Crane, Byron G. 
Crawford, Andrew 
Crowell, Zenas 
Cummings,Walter B. 
Davis, Isaac 'E. 
Davis, Soion H. 
Davison, James 
Dean, Peter 
Decker, Jacob 
Dewey, Alfred T. 
Dewey, William P. 
Dingle, George R. 
Dougherty, Wm. H. 
Douglass, David F. 
Douglass, Wm. A. 
Dow, Nehemiah G. 
Dunlap, David L. 

Dwindle, Samuel H. 
Eastman, Frank 
Eddy, James J. 
Edwards, Justus H. 
Effinger, John H. 
Elliot, C. W. 
Elliot, Gardner 
Elliot, Washington 
Ellsworth, Anson M. 
Emerson, Silvester 
Emery, Charles G. 
Engert, Alex. F. C. 
Erland, Nicolas 
Estee, Morris M. 
Ewell, Luther J. 
Farquharson, David 
Favor, Kimbal 
Farrell, Edward 
Farrish, Thomas E. 
Far we 11, William H. 
Finck, Julius 
Fish, Edward N. 
Flint, Edward A. 
Foster, Ninian F. 
Franconi, Louis 
Frapolli, Battista 
Fraser, Hugh 
Fulton, William 
Gabbs, Albert S. J. 
Gale, A. Bowers 
Gardner, Phineas 
Garnett, Louis A. 
Garniss, James R. 
George, Henry A. 
George, Julius 
Gerke, Henry 
Gile, Edwin F. 
Gleine, Carlos F, 
Goddard, George E. 
Geowey, James M. 
Good, John 
Gove, Andrew J. 
Gove, Isaac W. 
Gray, Robert B. 
Gray, William 
Green, Alonzo 
Green, Frederick P. 
Greene, William 
Grimes, Nathan E. 
Grossetta, Martin 
Gunther, Wm. G. 
Guthrie, David 
Hass, Christian 

Haeslop, Frederick 
Hall, Edward F. Jr. 
Hall, Richard H. 
Hall, Robert 
Hanscom, Wm. W. 
Harding, John 
Harrold, John 
Hartman, Henry 
Hauck, Louis 
Haven, Charles D. 
Hay, William G. 
Haynes, John W. 
Haynes, Thomas J. 
Hay ward, Wm. B. 
Healy, John R. 
Hewston, George 
Higgin, Peter J. 
Hillard, Benj. F. 
Hitchcock, Chas. M. 
Hitchcock, Geo. B. 
Hqdge, John G. 
Hoffman, Odgen 
Hotaling, Anson P. 
Howard, Benj. C. 
Howard, Charles W. 
Howard, George H. 
Hubbard, Samuel 
Huff, Abram 
Hunt, Henry B. 
Hurley, John 
Ingersoll, Geo. S. 
Jacobs, William 
Jacoby, Jules H. 
James, Wallace T. 
Johnson, James 
Johnson, John Z. 
Johnston, Baptist 
Johnston, William 
Jones, Cyrus W. 
Jones, William B. 
Josephi, Isaac S. 
Keely, Austin 
Keep, George 
Keith, William H. 
Kellet, Samuel 
Kibbe, Henry C. 
Kimball, Moses C. 
Klepzig, JohnCE. 
Kohler., Henry 
Koits, Henry 
Kuh, Leopold 
Kurtz, John 

Laguna, Leo D. 
Laird, David W. 
Ladd, John W. 
Ladd, W. Frank 
Lamb, Thomas J. 
Lampe, William A. 
Lancaster, Chas. E. 
Landers, John 
Lange, Fred ? k W. 
Lassen, Jens 
Laughlin, Edward 
La Rose, Wm. L. 
Larseneur, Louis 
Lazzarevich, Giov. 
Lemman, Thomas 
Lewis, Edwin 
Lewis, Oscar 
Linen, James 
Lockwood, Albert 
Long, Solomon H. 
Loop, Sidney J. 
Loring, Simeon M. 
Love, David M. 
Lloyd, William A. 
Ludlura, Cornelius 
Lusk, Albert 
Malmgren, Niles P. 
Mann, Azro L. 
Marsh, Andrew J. 
Marshutz, Leon C 
Marquard, Adolph 
Martin, Minor S. 
McCune, John 
McEl wee, John V. 
McGann, Patrick H. 
Mcintosh, Isaac K. 
McKenzie, William 
McXear, George W. 
McNulty, Chas. A. 
McNulty, James M. 
Meaburn, John J. 
Merriam, Dana R. 
Middleton, John 
Mikkelson, Rasmus 
Miller, J. Frank 
Miller, William J. 
Milling, William 
Mohrhardt, Philip F. 
Mojer, Abraham 
Montagnie,J la 
Moody, William 
Moore, Samuel H. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


More, Samuel 
Morgan, John S. 
Morrison, Jno.C, Jr. 
Morse, Amos C. 
Morse, Eoen. E. 
Myers, M. EL 
Neal, William W. 
Nelson, Henry 
Nickerson, Charles 
Norris, William 
Norton, Samuel 
Osgood, George 
Otto, Frederick 
Overn, George 
Page, Robert C. 
Parent, Charles L. 

Roberts, Stephen N. 
Roche, James M. 
Roller, Thomas R. 
Root, Datus E. 
Rowell, Leonard T. 
Ruina, Davis 
Rulofson, Wm. H. 
Russ, Henry B. 
Russell, George W. 
Sanborn, Albin J. 
Saulmann, August 
Sawyer, Ethan A. 
Scalminini, Carlo 
Scamraon, CM. 
Scott, James S. 
Selden, James M. 

Pendleton, EdwinS. Shaw, James G. 
Perrin, Reuben J. Shaw, Stephen W. 

Phillips, Nathan F. 
Phinney, Arthur 
Pierce, Owen 
Pike, Samuel B. 
Plum, Charles M. 
Pond, James L. 
Poore, Walters. 
Preston, John 
Preston, R. J. 
Reed, Jesse C. 
Reed, Samuel B. 
Rey, Jacques J. 
Reynolds, Frank B. 

Shaw, Tobias 
Shepard, Azel J. 
Shiels, William 
Schiiltz, Richard 
Sinn, John G. 
Skidmore, Walter A. 
Smiley, James 
Smith, George F. 
Smith, Henry S. 
Smith, W. C. R. 
Spaulding, George 
Spratt, Joseph 
Spruance, John 

Reynolds, Robert T. Stadtfelt, Jacob 
Robbins, Charles F. Stanley, Samuel L. 

Stebbins, W. P. C. 
Steffani, Camille 
Steinberger,John A. 
Stetson, William W. 
Stewart, Charles A. 
Stringer, William J. 
Stone, Napoleon B. 
Sudden, Robert 
Sullivan, Eugene L. 
Sullivan, William C. 
Summer, William B. 
Suskind, Ernest 
Sutton, Owen P. 
Swain, Richard 
Swift, James F. 
Swift, John F. 
Taylor, Charles L. 
Taylor, Edward 
Taylor, John 
Thompson, John 
Thompson, Lucius 
Thompson, Wm. L. 
Thrall, Henry H. 
Titcomb, ~ohn H. 
Tompkins, Mort.M. 
Tubbs, Cassius M. 
Tubbs, Hiram 
Tucker, John W. 
Turnbull, Thomas 
Turnbull, William 
Tuttle, Joseph 
Unger, Adolph 

Yande water, Wm. H. 
Vaughn, Alphonso H. 
Vizina, Charles 
Waddell, William 
Walker, James G. 
Waters, George L. 
Ward, Isaac M. 
Wattson, Samuel B. 
Wells, Asa R. 
Welton, Garrett 
Welton, Merritt 
Whalen, Murry 
Wheaton, Wm. R, 
Whiteside, Joshua 
Whitney, J. R. 
Whittell, Hugh 
Wiebalk, Nicholas 
Wightman, John 
Wigmore, John 
Wilkins, James M. 
Williams, Daniel D. 
Williams, John E. 
Williams, John W. 
Williams, W. A. 
Williamson, David J. 
Wilson, Charles 
Wilson, Charles L. 
Winans, Joseph W. 
Winship, Thomas J. 
Wood, William E. 
Wood, William W. 
Zimmerman, And. J. 

Donnelly, John W. 


McDonough, And. N. — 2. 

Carpentier, Edw'd R. DeNoon, R. P. Green, Alonzo F. Smith, Stephen W— 4. 


Hillard, Benjamin F. Myers, M. H. Page, Robert C 3. 


Craig, William Letter, Jacob Tiffany, Robert J. Wehler, Edward— 5. 

Harvey, William H. 

Dodge, Charles F. Sterling, John F. Turner, George R. Williams, John S.— 5. 
Loring, Simeon M. 

Beeman, JosiahH. Jellings, Edward Ryder, George W. Wells, George G. 
Easton, A. J. (E.A.) Mitchell, Anson F. Scrimgeour, James Williams, Samuel— 8. 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Shasta, Shasta County. 

Stated Meetings y Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon'. 

Frederick B. Chandler, Master, 
Daniel P. Bystle, Senior Warden, 
John W. Garden, Junior Warden, 
Benjamin Shurtleff, Treasurer, 
Louis Wellendorff, Secretary, 


James F. Scammon, Senior Beacon, 
Gunther C. Schroter, Junior Deacon, 
Joseph Isaacs, Marshal, 
Charles Anderson, 
William P. Hartmann, 



John B. Higinbotham, Tyler. 

Whiting G. West, 

Allen, Mortimer C. 
Andrew, William 
Ashfield, James 
Baker, Jonathan 
Bickford, Wm. H. 
Bush,Chauncey C. 
Carpenter, John 
Cartwright, Thos. J. 
Chappell, James N. 
Coleman, Adoram 
Crocker, Everet F. 
Cushing, John 

Chesbro, E. F. 
Eames, Philo B. 

Past Masters : 

Joseph Isaacs, Daniel P. Bystle, Adolph Dobrowsky. 

Farquhar, G. C. 
Ferrier, M. 
Goldberg, Franc. W. 
Greene, Thomas 
Hopping, Wm. E. 
Hubbard, C. L. 
James, John 
Kelner, William 
Kies, Johh 
Kolb, Wiiliam 
Lean, William 

Levy, Aaron 
Lord, UlyssusR. 
Moore, Joseph 
Mount, T. S. 
Overmeyer, Chas. S. 
Parker, William 
Reagan, James 
Reese, Edward L. 
Reinecke ,Christoph. 
Rumfeld, Augustus 
Scott, John V. 


Shuffleton, HughH. 
Souter, John 
Swaine, Alexander C. 
Sweet, Henry A. 
Syme, John 
Taggart, Grant I. 
Taylor, Hallaway 
Watson, William 
Weil, Leopold 
Whitney, Walter A. 
Wilson, Henry E. 


Wilson, George A. — 1. 
James, James Potter, Isaac B. Wilson, George A. — 5. 

Farrington, Nathaniel C. Greiner, Seigmund— 2. 


Sacramento, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 

Isaac Davis, Master, John L. Kiefer, Senior Deacon, 

Joseph R. Webster, Senior Warden, F. M. Wulff, Junior Deacon, 

Levi Wilsey, Junior Warden, Albert A. Bennett, Marshal, 

Aulton T.Nelson, Treasurer, Melchoir Leitzinger, ) steward? 

George N. Parker, Secretary, Perrin Stanton, 

Peter Zacharias, (of Union, No. 58), Tyler. 

Aulton T. Nelson, 
John Liness, 

Past Masters : 

Robert Collar, Isaac Davis, 

Edwin T. Taylor, 

Osgood C. Wheeler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Annis, Thomas 
Avery, Ambrose S. 
Ayers, John 
Bacon, Warren N. 
Bauquier, Joseph 
Bien, Louis 
Briggs, Alfred 
Bronner, George F. 
Byington, Ira W. 
Cadwalader, Henry 
Chamberlin, Ebe 7 zer 
Champlin, Nelson 
Clark, Daniel W. 
Colton, Chester F. 
Conboie, Joseph A. 
Colbert, A. D. 
Conrad, Samuel 
Curtis, J. S. 

Bell, George H. 
Conrad, Samuel 

Bell, George H. 
Greenbaum, Abr. 

Davis, Morrow H. 
Delaney, A. L. 
Dennison, Eli S. 
Domingos, John 
Ferris, A. S. 
Foster, Mark 
Foye, William R. 
Gallatin, Albert 

Jackman, Samuel H. 
Jones, J. S. 
Kunz, Peter 
Levy, Moses 
Litchfield, Chas. A. 
Maier, J. F. W. 
McDonald, Rob't H. 
Merrell, Isaac L. 

Gibbs, Frederick A. Millikan, Francis M. 
Hagadorn, David T. Murphy, R. W. 
Harris, T. S. Oyer, Philip 

Hatch, Roscoe G. Pike, Benjamin F. 
Henderson, Wm. A. Poorman, Samuel 
Hill , Robert D. Ratcliff, Wm. M. 

Hoffman, M. Roberts, John H. 

Holden, Thomas J. Ryan, John 

Scheminger, Charles 
Scott, Sheldon A. 
Sculling, Henry F. 
Seaton, Horace H. 
Sellenheim, Conrad 
Sherwood, J. 0. 
Shirland, E. D. 
Silberstein, Morris 
Skelton, John 
Taylor, John B. 
Terry, R. C. 
Weinricht, Henry 
Wetzlar, Julius 
Williams, William 
Winn, A. M. 
Wratten, James E. 
Zeh, George C. 


Hotchkiss, Fred. S. Sauze, James 
Hyman, Jacob 

wers, Otto Gifford, George 

Rochester, Wm. B. Wales, Thatcher P. 
Sherwood, J. 0. 

Hall, James Rochester, Wm. B. Wales, Thatcher P. 

Wheeler, Osgood C. 


Benicia, Solano County. 

Stated Meetings , Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


George Poor, Senior Deacon, 
Thomas McKay, Junior Deacon, 
Joseph G. Johnson, Marshal, 
Robert Stewart, ) 
Richard Ennis, ] «««*. 
John Hously, Tyler. 

William S. Wells, 

^harles Spalding. 

Edwin Danforth, Master, 
Timothy Sage, Senior Warden, 
Charles W. Trumbull, Junior Warden, 
John Rueger, Treasurer, 
Charles E. Holbrook, Secretary, 
Sylvester Woodbridge, Chaplain, 

Past Masters : 

Otis K. Freeman, John Grant 

Greenman, Herman Montgomery, James Scott, James 

Kinstr}% Thomas Moreno, Lorenzo F. Smith, Charles 

Long, Michael H. Neate, John Smith, David R. 

Mathewson, John Nichols, Sylvester S. Stone, John C. 

Mathewson, William Pena, H. Diaz Taylor, Byron J. 

McDonald, Arclrd Pollock, Robert Thompson, Miron 

McKey, Robert H. Raum, Edward C. 

McKenzie, Allan Ross, Adam 

McKenzie, Kenneth Ryerson, Adrian P. 

McMillan, Charles 

Aitken, George 

Bacon, Francis N. 
I Bandel, Eugene 

Del', Lewis B. 
[Dinsmore, Luther 
iDuckel, Nicholas 

Eaton, Edwin A. 

Fay, Edward 
'Finch, John N. 

Good, Henry A. 

Tustin, William I. 
Von Pfister, Ed. H. 
Westoby, Rich'd— 54. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Brown, Byron B. Whitver, John J. — 2. 


Good, Henry A. Pollock, Robert Spencer, Christopher Stocker, John T. — 6. 

Normon, Robert B. Sage, Timothy 

Cosgrove, John Norman, Norman B. Spencer, Christopher Stocker, John T.— 5. 
Jorgensen, Jess. 


Sonora, Tuolumne County. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month. 

Len E. Nelson, Master, 
John Cowie, Senior Warden, 
William G. Rudorff, Junior Warden, 
Charles E. Lang, Treasurer, 
Tryon M. Yancey, Secretary, 

Edwin A. Rodgers, Senior Beacon, 
Adam Haag, Junior Deacon, 
Abner Reed, Marshal, 
Henry Dose, 
Solomon Benas, 


Adolfo Pinto, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

James Bell, Francis A. Prassa, 

Faxon, Frederick Long, William G. 

Isaac N. McCulloch. 

Amy, Claude B. 

Barlow, Abraham 

Barter, George 

Beck, Charles 

Benadon, Joshua 

Berry, Edwin M. 

Bush, George C. 

Calloway, O. P. 

Clark, Terrence 

Congdon, Geo. W. 

Crosette,FranklinM. Klein, Peter 

Daveluy, Adolphus 

Ford, Robert W. 
Fry, John A. 
Funk, Samuel 
Glyn, William 
Hammel, Jesse 
Hampton, James M. 
Haws, James W. 
Kaufman, Moses 
Keil, Edward 

Ripper dan, Isaac 

Rupley, Rheinhardt 

Silveira, Manuel M. 

Soulsby, Benjamin 

Soulsby, George C. 

Stoker, Jacob R. 

Lucas, George C. 
McFarland, Matt. F. 
Mundorff, John 
Nockin, Alexander 
Parsons, James 
Patterson, Archibald Tarritti, David 
Querolo, Lorenzo Turner, William 
Rawlings. Robert J. Turney, Isaac 
Reuter, Gustave S. Wildes, Allen 
Reyland, Philip J. C. Wilson, Richard M. 



Benadon, Joshua 

Parsons, James — 2. 


Craigue, Solon W. Jacobs, Julius Klein, H. C. Reymond,VanRens. 

Gaudin, Jean Mari Jackson, John S. R. Rawlings, JerrardO. Thompson, Gideon 



Eichelroth, William E. Redmond, John D.— 2. 


McFarlane, James F 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Marysville, Yuba County. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month. 


Edmund T. Wilkins, Master, Jessee H. Craddock, Secretary, 

Alexander Gibson, Senior Warden, John D. Crittenden, Senior Beacon, 

John H. Krause, Junior Warden, Charles Andrus, Junior Deacon, 

Louis P. Walker, Treasurer, Charles Raish, (of Yuba, No. 39), Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Edmund T. Wilkins, Jessee H. Craddock, William T. Fonda. 

Alexander Gibson, 
A. P. Barnes, 

Armer, Max 
Barnett, Henry 
Bourne, George J. 
Briggs, J. Warren 
Brown, Nelson H. 
Carey, Michael 
Carr, James E. 
Chandon, Joseph J. 
Clark, Hiram A. 
Denton, James H. 
Eaton, Ira A. 


Estelle, Andrew H. 
Feeder, Moses M. 
Field, Stephen J. 
Filkins, Charles T. 
Foster, John Q. 
Foulk, George A. 
Fowler, William H. 
Goodwin, Jesse 0. 
Harvejr, William 
Harrington, Chris. C. 
Hathwell, C A. 

Hutchings, Sam'l C. 
Jones, Hugh C. 
King, Frederick 
Korb, Jacob 
McDaniel, Geo. L. 
McDaniel, R. H. 
Moore, James 
Parker, Theodore R. 
Peyser, M. W. 
Prescott, Geo. W. 
Rhodehamel, Wm. H, 

Rodgers, Michael 
Rubel, Christopher 
Schrage, Anthony 
Sherwood, W. F. 
Shreyer, Henry 
Simpkins, Charles H. 
Teegarden, Eli 
Williams, W^m. L. 
Winkley, Philip W. 
Woods, Mattison 



Leach, C. Wilcox, M. W.— 2. 


Gibbs, Lester Stevenson, Alex. H. Townsend, John B.— 3. 


Fonda, William T. -Jolly, Aaron P. Miles, S. M. Stockton, John E.— 4. 


Jolly, Aaron P. Stockton, John E. Weiken, Charles— 3. 


Miles, S. M.— 1. 


San Jose, Santa Clara County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 

Henry 0. Weller, Master, 
Jeremiah Y. Brown, Senior Warden, 
Wilbur J. Wilcox, Junior Warden, 
James Ingham, Treasurer, 

Joseph J. Menefee, Secretary, W T illiam B. Shoemaker, 

Jacob Moser, Tyler. 

Henry A. Houghton, Senior Deacon, 

John C. Gerdes, Junior Deacon, 

Frank M. Cary, Marshal, 

Adam Hinkelbein, ] 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Benjamin Cory, 

John B. Hewson, P.J.G. W. 

Past Masters: 

Henry J. Haskell, 
Joseph J. Menefee, 

William A. January. 

Adel, Wilmer T. 
Anderson, Philip 
Ayer, Samuel F. 
Ball, George W. 
Barling, Henry 
Beach, Tyler 
Beans, T. Ellard 
Belden, Josiah 
Bera, Joseph 
Blanch, Barnaby 
Blumenthal, Max 
Bodley, Thomas 
Bohen, Daniel 
Brignoli, Guissepe 
Brown, J. Newton 
Bryant, B. 
Buckner, Richard B. 
Cahill, John 
Castle, William N. 
Chopard, Louis 
Clark, Charles 
Clayton, James A. 
Cook, Henry H. 
Corde, Frank 
Deleval, Charles 
Delmouley, Antoine 


Dickie, Chauncey E. 
Dresser, Thomas W. 
Dunshee, Rollin 
Easley, Pleasant C. 
Easterday, Sol. W. 
Estabrook, Albion B. 
Fallon, Thomas 
Feist, Felix 
Fee, George W. 
Foote, Storme R. 
Gault, Thomas 
Gillooly, Lawr. B. 
Gober, William R. 
Goldstein, Henry 
Guerey, John D. 
Halsey, Edward 
Hamilton, Alonzo B. 
Harwood, W. A. 
Henning, Alpha W. 
Hollis, William H. 
Jacobs, Elias 
Keller, Louis 
Kent, Sherman 
Kilbin, Joseph F. 
Kottinger, John W. 
Lemmons, James 

Lenzen, Theodore 
Lev} 7 , Jacob 
Linoberg, Louis 
Lion, Lazare 
Loryea, Joseph 
Lowe, Ralpii 
Lubliner, Morris 
Matthews, William 
Martin, Josephus P. 
McCabe, Philip T. 
McClosky, Thomas 
McDougal, Giles E. 
McKenzie. Donald 
McMurtry, Wm. S. 
McTarnahan, F. M. 
Melone, H. C. 
Messing, Henry 
Meyers, Francis 
Minor, Peter 0. 
Morris, B. 
Mott, John 
Newhall, Sylvester 
Ohnstein, Oscar 
Owen, James J. 

Papson, William 
Peck, Abiah W. 
Peck, Henry M. 
Pomeroy, Ab'm E. 
Porter, Daniel J. 
Prevost, Louis 
Reynolds, Geo. W. 
Rich, Jacob 
Risdon, Frank T. 
Roberts, Return 
Robinson, Henry 
Roche, Peter 
Rowley, Albanus B. 
Rucker, Joseph E. 
Schallenburger, Mos. 
Schoenlicht, John 
Shaw, Joseph X. 
Sim, George 
Spring, Thaddeus W. 
Turner, Jared 
Wells, Proctor R. 
Willey, Charles F. 
Williamson, James 
Winterburn, John 
Wise, Alexander 


Biggs, Alexander D. — 1. 

Ballou, John Q. A. Gardner, Daniel Goldsworthy, Wm. Noell, Richard— 7. 

Dougherty, Wm. P. Gladwitz, C. D. Grey, William 


McDougal, Giles E. O'Hanlon, Robert T. Provost, Louis— 3. 


Giles, J. Henry Isaacs, William — 2. 



Harris, John Hayes, Nicholas Hoffman, Chas. E. Reynolds, Wm.— 5. 

Harwood, David M. 


Brown, Aaron — I. 

Grand Lodge of Calif oruia. 



Napa, Napa County. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month. 


Robert Crouch, Senior Beacon, 
Charles H. Allen, Junior Deacon, 
Thomas J. Tucker, Marshal, 
Barton H. Gorton, j 
William C. S. Smith, \ Ste™rds, 
Amos S. Knapp, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Robert Crouch, Henry H. Knapp, Francis M. Hackett, William J. Clayton. 

William B.Carlton, 


Henry H. Knapp, Master, 
Daniel B. Parks, Senior Warden, 
William Andrews, Jim. Warden, 
Peter Van Bever, Treasurer, 
David L. Haas, Secretary, 
George W. Ford, Chaplain, 

Clark, George W. 
Corwin, L. M. 
Ellis, Ralph 
Fisher, William F. 

Adams, Robert B. 
Allen, John 
Armstutz, Henry L 
Benckhard, Fred. 
Briggs, Sebra 
Brown, Edgar 
Brown, William R. 
Capell, James S. 

Garner, John R. — 1. 

Howell, Joseph 
Jackson, John A. 
Kimball, Edwin 
Meers, William A. 

Gillespie, Robert C. Nash, William H. 
Haas, Martin L. 

Robinson, Beeby 
Sampson, Andrew 
Seely, Timothy 
Stillwagon, Wm. W. 
Walker, A. B. 

Haas, Solomon 
Hiten, Daniel 

Overton, Charles T. West, Robert 
Pierce, William A. Wines, Charles B. 
Ritchie, Silas —46. 

Stanley, William B.— 1. 

Reinhardt, Ed. Souther, Charles N.- 



Wyatt, William H.- 



Higgins, Lank Smith, Edwin— 2. 


Nevada, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings , second Wednesday in each month. 

Thomas H. Caswell, Master, 
■Ianthis J. Rolfe, Senior Warden, 
Rodney Wing, Junior Warden, 
Addison C. Niles, Treasurer. 
Alonzo D. Tower, Secretary, 
Charles H. Northup, Chaplain, 

Charles Marsh, P. Gr. Mas r, 
John R. McConnell, P.J.G.W. 
Thos. P. Hawley, P.J.G.W., 


Edward F. Spence, Senior Beacon, 
Alexander Sloan, Junior Beacon, 
Isaac Williamson, Marshal, 
William Floyd, ) 
Noah M. Barnett, \ 
Joseph B. Gray, Tyler. 


Past Masters: 

Isaac Williamson, 
Addison C. Niles, 
William C. Randolph, 

Tallman H. Rolfe, 
Charles H. Seymour. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Ashlmrn, Hans A. 
Aslier, William C. 
Baltz, Phillippe 

Banner, Pincus 
Barnett, Rafua P. 
Barr, Thomas If. 

Barton, William 
Bates, Thomas W. 
Beckman, Christian 
Black, William 
Boardman, John H. 
Bolton, Charles H. 
Burington, Albert 
Caldwell, John I. 
Caldwell, Wallace 
Carmach, John 
Casper, Kaskil 
Chapman, Allen 
Colby, George H. 
Coleman, Sanford 
Crandall, Orman 
Curtis, Thomas 
Davenport, Sam'l B. 
Davidson, Wm. H. 
Davis, James 
Deal, Marcellus S. 
Dean, Edward D. - 

Dillon, Thomas E. 
Donald, Alfred 
Donald, James 
Donald, Thomas 
Dunscomb, Edward 
Duryea, William H. 
Fleming, Joseph D. 
Floyd, John 
Foster, Benjamin F. 
Gentry, Richard B. 
Giles, Timothy 
Goldsmith, Abraham 
Graham, Marcellus A 
Greenwald, Julius 
Guscetti, Battista 
Haas, Abraham 
Hale, Horace 
Hart, John W. 
Helm, James H. 
Herrick,Epluribus D 
Herzinger. John 
Hitchcock, Edward 
Holmes, Ensign K. 
Holmes, William 
Hollywood, Joseph 
Hunerfirth, Peter 
Hunt, Robert M. 

Hunter, Elijah 
Irish, Albert H. 
Jeffery, Richard- 
Jones, William W. 
Keyes, Elijah B. 
Klingenspor, Chas. 
Lampe, Theodore C. 
Lee, James H. 
Loring, George H. 
Maltman, Charles S. 
Maltman, W r illiam 
Marsh, Daniel 
Marsh, Martin L. 
McElvy, Charles 
McKee, George B. 
Me in, Thomas 
Morrison, Robert B. 
Morrison, Samuel M. 
. Nelson, Ole A. 
Newton, William 
Nichols, Samuel 
Xivens, Archibald 
Rapp, Peter 
Rhineberger. Jas. M. 
Rich, Daniel A. 
Robbins, Ezekiel 

Roussin, Charles A. 
Sargent, Aaron A. 
Seibert. Nicholas 
Shurtleff, Thomas 
Sigler, William L. 
Smith, John D. 
Stansfield, Halstead 
Stiles, Enoch 
Stoddard. Orlando 
Stowers, Nath'l H. 
Tallman, George W. 
Thomas, Joseph 
Thomson, Alex. 
Thompson, Rufus E. 
Tisdale, William D. 
Todd, Joseph 
Turner, George E. 
Van Alstine. Wm. 
Tan Emon, Jas. H. 
Wagner, John N. 
Weber, Nicolas 
Weeks, William H. 
Whiting, Silas 0. 
Williams, Benj. 
Williamson, Levi 
Wilson. A. B.— 125. 

Richards, William— 1. 

Bates, Thomas W.— 1. 

Bates, Cicero M. Davenport, James P. Ferguson, Wm. R. Kelsey, Sanford B. 
Bigelow, Marcus J. Dunn, Thomas 0. Gaylord, Eben H. Lampe, Wm. A. — 8. 

Kerwin, Owen Kistle, William H. Tracy, Matthew— 3. 


Scott, L. N.— 1. 


Sonoma, Sonoma County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Charles H. Dillon, Master, Daniel D. Davisson. Senior Deacon, 

Benj. F. Howell, Senior Warden, Willis Goodman. Junior Decu 

Frank S. Yaslit, Junior Warden, .John L. Cook. Marshal, 

Stephen Akers, Treasurer, Montgomery Akers, / 

Gustave T. Pauli, Secretary. Israel Brockman, ) 

George M. McConnell, Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Israel Brockman, 
Benjamin P. Howell, 

Past Masters : 

John C, A. Wilson, 
Joseph C. Hulse, 


William M. A. Townsend. 

Bihler, William Green, John F. Neeb. John 

Burris, William Home, A. A. Swift, Granville P. 

Cunningham, Wm. N. 


Lutgens, John— 1. 

Copeland, Wm. L. Howell, Mark Miller, Join 


Bates, H. J.— 1. 

Williams, Joseph A. 
Wooster, Mark 



Mast, John W. Trahern, Felix M.— 2. 

Walker, E. D.— 4. 


Auburn, Placer County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Jacob H. Neff, Master, 
Walter B. Lyon, Senior Warden, 
Charles Hellwig, Junior Warden. 
David W. Lubeck, Treasurer, 


Charles C. Crosby, Secretary, 
John R. tlrandall, Senior Deacon, 
Edward T. Holly, Junior Beacon, 
Antoine Adrian, Steward, 

Thomas Jamison, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

John R. Crandall. P. 8. G. W. Benjamin F. Myres, 


Agan, John S. 
Barnes, James H. 
Barter, William 
Broderick, Isaac 
Brown, Warren A. 
Campbell, John H. 
Crutcher, Wm. M. 
Dana, Lester F. 
Dickinson, Thomas 

French, Harvey R. 
Hale, James E. 
Haney, John 
Hogue, James M". 
Holder, John 
Hollenbeck,Or'n W. 
Honn, George W. 
Keener, James S. 
Keiser, Frank 

Keiser, John 
Keiser, Samuel 
Lipsett, Alexander 
Lux, Frank A. 
Mc Bride, John 
Mallins, William H. 
O'Farrell, John 
Predmore, G. B. 
Reed, John T. 

Jacob H. Neff. 

Rice, Daniel A. 
Roussing, Edward S. 
Smith, Benjamin F. 
Spear, David W. 
Starbuck, John B. 
Wardwell, John V. 
White, John M. 
Whittemore, A. S. 

Goolsby, J. L. Griffith, Griffith Harrison, Aaron Smith, L. G.— 4. 


McBurney, James O'Farrell, John— 2. 


McBurney, James Neidholt, Fred. P. Xeill, A. C— 3. 


s, John C— 1. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


San Francisco, Cointe de San Francisco. 

Reunion Ordinaire, le premier Vendredi de cliaque mois. 


Pierre Bonis, Maitre, 

Victor Chaigneau, \er Surveillant, 

Ernest Michel Deney, 2de Surveillant, 

Henri Lucke, Tresorier, 

Louis Soussingeas, Secretaire, 

P. Guilhaurae Venard, Orateur, 

Nicolas Demonsset, \er Diacre, 
Juan Ignacio Espinosa, 2de Diacre, 
Jacques Carrere, Marechal, 
Gi o v a nni L a v e r el 1 o , | Ma tires de 
Edward Petibeau, ) Ceremonies. 

Ira C. Root, (de la Loge California, No. 1,) Covxreur. 


Jean Mibielle, 

Pierre Bonis. 

Alexandre, Elie 
Alexandre, Joseph 
Alexandre, Theo. 
Artigues, Louis 
Auradou, Jules 
Baltz, Pierre 
Belcour, Jules 
Bernard, Levy 
Berton, Francis 
Blanchard, Louis 
Bourgoing, Alphonse 
Boutan, Leonard 
Boutard, Henri Chas. 
Bresse, Louis 
Bruggeman. Henri T. 
Buffandeau, Emile 
Carto, F. Benjamin 
Castagnino, Lazzaro 
Cazeaux, Dominique 
Chauche, A. Georges 
Clerc, Frederick P. 
Coulon, Jacques 
Damonte, Antonio 
Daney, Michel 


Dastugue, Gabriel Larco, Nicolas 
Delange, Jacques 

Dennery, Eugene 
Deville, Jean P. 
Dolet, Auguste 
Domec, Bertrand 
Donnot, Pierre 
Dubourque, R. Ed. 
Gaguon Jean B. 
Gautier, Pierre 
Gautier, Louis M. 

Laronche, Antoine 
LelieYre ; Adolph E. 
Leroux, Charlenrge 
Letroadec Louis 
Lyons, Ernest G. 
Mailhes, Jean M. 
Masson, P. Francis 
McLaughlin, M. A. 
Menant, A. H. Victor 
Mooser, William 
Narizano, Carlos 

Ghirardelli,DomenicoNigro, Fabrizio 
Gregoire, Louis Norton, Guiseppo 

Grelon, Jean Paynial, Jules 

Grisar, Emile Payot, Henri 

Grosso, Costantino Peguillan, Eugene 
Guillemin, Jacq's N. Peres, Louis 
Guillemin, Paul E. Pinaglia, Lorenzo 
Guth, Christian Raclet, Guilhaume 

Hermann, J. Baptiste Racouillat, Ludovic 
Herring, Theodore Redeuilh. Emile 
Hoffman, Simon Ricard, Antoine 

Job, Pierre 

Rice, Charles 
Roturier. Charles 
Roux. Lucien 
Sabatie, Philippe 
Sainsot, Francois 
Salomon, L. Germain 
Salomon, Sylvain 
Secchi, Gaspard 
Segale, Gabriele 
Seibel, Frederic 
Sicre, Jacques 
Sinionet, Eugene 
St.Denis.Ambroise de 
St. Denis, Jules de 
St. Jullien. Charles de 
Tonya, Antoine 
Valente, Luigi 
Van Damme, A. R. 
Vermeil, Jean L. 
Videau, Henri 
Villegia, Leopold 
Weill, Raphael 
Zwicky, Gabriel— 100. 


Cazentre, Jean Monneret de Villars, Ettore— 2. 

Caglieri, Georges 

Caglieri, Georges 

Grisar, Emile 

retraites : 
Gerard, Ferdinand 

Vaillant, Charles — 1. 

DeLorme, Gaspard Oct.— 1. 

Rice, Charles— 3. 

Pfester, Julien— 3. 

DeceDe : 
Beraud, Louis — I. 

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Downieville, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings , Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Alexander Thorn, Master, 
Henry Strange, Senior Warden, 
Garland Harris, Junior Warden 
Alexander B. Asher, Treasurer, 


Charles W. Gilbert, Senior Beacon, 
Robert Forbes, Junior Beacon, 
Lewis Reynolds, Marshal, 
James A. Vaughn, 
Andre Chappuis, 
Lawrence Ware, Tyler. 


Lewis Reynelds, 

Barrett, John M. 
Berg, Joseph 
Bernhardt, Lewis 
Bouviere, Joseph A. 
Clements, Qnincy A. 
Colin, Adolphus 
Davidson, Samuel B. 
Deerwachter, J. A. 
Eschbacher, Franz A. 
Gray, Charles 

Past Masters : 

Leonidas E. Pratt, Grand Master. 

Grippen, Erastus M. 
Hall, Julius P. 
Hartling, Valentine 
Hughes, George W. 
Jones, Robert J. 
Kime, James H. 
Kruse, Ernst 
McBride,R. R. 
Meroux, J. M. B. 
Mooney, Isaac T. 

Mullen, James H. 
Owens, John F. 
Paine, George C. 
Pauley, Benjamin 
Rogers, David W. 
Rogers, Jacob R. 
Rosenthal, Lewis 
Rose warn, Henry 
Ross, William N. 
Ryan, William 

Alexander Thorn. 

Schimmel, John 
Sharrod, Henry H. 
Stewart, Samuel C. 
Stumpf, John 
Swan, John C. 
Thatcher, Peter 
Thomas Henry 
Thomas William P. 
Whitney, David L. 
Wilkins, William -52 

Eckert, Michael Ogesta, Michael— 2. 

Andrews, Richard Gunsberger,NicholasMolineux, Henry Vogt, Henry— 7 
Fish, Isaac B. Kilbride, Joseph Thomas, Wesley Ford 

Bowers, Thomas J. Johnson, James A. Lamb, Mortimer Ryerson, S. W.- 


Stockton, San Joaquin County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John M. Kelsey, Master, Hugh W. Taylor, Senior Beacon, 

James M. Daniels, Junior Beacon, 
Philip B. Fraser, Marshal, 
Columbus Hampton, ) StewardSi 

Sidney Newell, Senior Warden, 

Ferdinand Roseman, Junior Warden, 

Frank J. Huggms, Treasurer, 

August F. W. Miinter, Secretary, George F. Smith 

Thomas J. Driver, (of Morning Star Lodge, No. 68), Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, P.G.M. Edward D. Kalisher, Frank Stewart, Wm. Graham. 
Jacob K. Shafer, Timothy W. Newell, Henry Grissim, 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Belding, Charles 
Berritzhoff, Alex. 
Brown, Albert G. 
Browne, W. Travis 
Brutschy, Charles 
Carr, Levi T. 

Debnam, Sylv'r H. Lester, Andrew 

Eldridge, Edward D. Littlehale, James 
Felton, Levi P. Lothrop, Isaac 

Filer, Samuel J. Mathews, Henry 0. 

Grunsky, Charles McKamy, John M. 
Hodgkins, Henry McKenzie, Xich's B. 

Chalmers, Alexander Houston , William J. Meinecke,Fred r k 

Cottle, Melville Jefferson, Willis R. Miller, Charles G. 

Cutting, Lewis M. Jones, Edward F. O'Brien, John H. 

Davis, James S. Kreig, Anton Parker, Royal B. 

Davis, Robert 


Kullman, Herman — 1. 

Wilkes, Peter S.— 1. 

Peters, Joseph D. 
Rothenbush, Chris. 
Selden, James R. 
Sielnacht, Frank 
Simpson, Frank J. 
Smith, James C. 
Taylor Charles E. 
Tilghman, George 
Tresher, Mynord S. 
Yaple, Havillah B. 

— 58. 
Shafer, Jacob K. — 1. 


Noffziger, John— 1. 


Chamberlain, R. Keltey, Edward C. Martin, Green T.— 3. 



Maeder, Charles T. — 1. 


Sacramento, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month, 


Erwin P. St#rr, Master, Nehemiah X. Denton, Senior Deacon, 

Peter E. Oakley, Senior Warden, Frank Smith, Junior Beacon, 

Samuel Frank, Junior Warden, ' Leonard Goss, Marshal, 

Gabriel Haines, Treasurer, John R. Atkins. ) 

Welton C. Felch, Secretary, Roland J. McDaniel, \ bteW0 

Peter Zacharias (of Union Lodge, No. 58), Tyler. 
Past Masters : 
N. Greene Curtis, P. G. M. Leonard Goss, Gabriel Haines, 

Ham C. Harrison, Myron H. Renwick, Edward M. Howison. 

Andrews, Asa P. 
Aubury, Elliott 
Avery, Ira 
Bigler, John 
Booth, Lucius A. 
Breuner, John 
Budd, Henry 
Callahan, Daniel E. 
Cutter, Benjamin B. 
Day, James T. 
Deal, Samuel 
Douglass, Wm. J. 
Earle, Henry W. 

Elkus, Lewis 
Gates, Daniel V. 
Gates, Justin 
Glover, Joseph T. 
Goods, James C. 
Harris, Lewis B. 
Herndon, Wm. L. 
Herrick, S. W. 
Hoag, William M. 
Hunt, John A. 
Hutchinson, Champ.l 
Johnson, Hiram W. 
Jordan, L. Clifford 

Lord, Joseph D. 
Madden, Jerome 
McCreary, Byron 
McGrew, John 
McJunkin, Joseph T. 
Ochsner, John 
Oppenheim. Raplrl 
Pacheco, Romauldo 
Promt, Greene L, 
Putnam George A. 
.Redding, Benj. B. 
Reed, Theron 
Renwick, Andrew T. 

Robinson, Fred. W. 
Rutledge, Robert 
Simons, George E. 
Street, Harlow L. 
Spaulding, Geo. W. 
Ustick, William L. 
Van Heuseu, Henry 
Wachorst. Herman 
White, Edward F. 
White, John 1st 
White, John 2d 
Williams, Llewellyn 
Woods, Jona- 

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Willett, Edward W.— 1. Berger, Frederick Payne, Geo. M.— 2. 


Bowers, Alphonso B. Forman, Charles— 2. 


Gurney, Charles Lardner, Frank S. Lowell, Philip S— 3. 

Woolaver, John— 1. 


Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 


John Adair Hassinger, Master, John Neill, Senior Beacon, 

A. Francis Judd, Senior Warden, Edmund Wood, Junior Deacon, 

Thomas Hughes, Junior Warden, William Duncan, Marshal, 

F. August Schaefer, Treasurer, John H. Harrison, ) q fpiia ^ 

Charles Thomas Gulick, Secretary, William Johnson, ) 

Thomas Tannatt, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Alex. J. Cartwright, Abraham Fornander, Cornelius S. Barstow. 

Samuel C. Allen, William F. Allen, 


Adams, Edward P. Flitner, David N. Luce, George H. Seal, Walter R. 

Austin, Stafford L. Greig, William McGrew, John S. Siders, George C. 

Bal, Eugene Grey, George Mclntyre, Hugh, Jr. Sorenson, Thomas 

Ballistier, Richard Haley, Nelson Cole McKibbin, Rob't, Jr. Thompson, John H. 

Berrill, William Harvey, Michael R. McLean, George C. Tripp, Alfred N. 

Burnhan, Wesley Heuck, Theodore C. Montgomery, Daniel YanWinkle, Jos. F. 

Coney, John H. Hoffman, Edward Montgomery, John Wells, John 

English, Henry Louisson, M. Pfluger, J. Charles Wicke, John D.— 49. 

Buffum, A. C. Carter, Samuel M. Strehz, Edward Wood, James— 4. 

Neville, Richard B. Wond, William— 2. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


San Francisco, San Francisco Connty. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 


Augustine D. Carpenter, Master, 
Jabez B. Knapp, Senior Warden, 
David Morgan, Jr., Junior Warden, 
Wilford W. Montague, Treasurer, 
William E. Moody, Secretary, 
M. C. Briggs, Chaplain, 

Albert E. Lockhart, Senior Beacon, 
William H. Re avis, Junior Beacon, 
Treat P. Clark, Marshal, 
Charles L. Haskell, 
Andrew J. Davenport, 
Samuel D. Mayer, Organist, 


Ira C. Root, of {California Lodge, No. 1), Tyler. 

James Rice, Jr., 
James Laidley, G-r. Treas. 
James L. Blaikie, 
Alexander D. McDonald, 

Past Masters : 

Harrison Jones, 
Charles Lyman, 
Charles M. Radcliff, P. G. M. 


Ackerly, William 0. 
Agnew, Thomas H. 
Allen, Alexander 
Altenburg, Ernest 
Andrews, Henry H. 
Angus, John A. 
Armager, Chas. W. 
Arnold, Thomas J. 
Arrowsmith, Dav. B. 
Atchinson, Bez. M. 
Backus, Oscar J. 
Bailey, Alexander H. 
Baird,JohnH. * 
Baldwin, Alex. R. 
Bamber, John 
Bamber, Joseph J. 
Bartlett, Columbus 
Beach, A. T. 
Beach, Joseph D. C. 
Beason, Fred. P. 
Becker, Bernard H. 
Benedict, Court. S. 
Bohn, John S. 
Boothman, James 
Boyd, John D. 
Brackett, I. G. 
Bradley, George L. 
Brandreth, Wm. T. 
Brannan, Samuel 
Brant, William P. 
Brown, Alex. B. 
Brown, Thomas 
Buckley, James 

Burdick, Edward F. 
Burmeister, Henry 
Bushnell, Sullivan H. 
Calhoun, Charles A. 
Capp, Charles S. 
Carlyle, Robert J. 
Carpenter, Dyer A. 
Carr, Matthew D. 
Chapman, Wm. W. 
Coffin, Chris. C. 
Colburn, Charles H. 
Cole, R. Beverly 
Collins, Joseph C. 
Cook, Isaac 
Corlett, William 
Cory, Isaac H. 
Cousins, Charles S. 
Cowdell, John 
Crane, Henry A. 
Cunningham, M. C. 
Curtis, Wilbur 
Davis, William E. 
Davisson, Charles E. 
Dean, Walter E. 
Denny, Edward 
Derry, I. N. 
Devine, Thomas 
Dibble, William S. 
Dikeman, Daniel S. 
Dodge, Alexander 
Dodge, Eugene K. 
Douglass, W. J. F. 
Downes, W. Selden 

Downing, Henry C. 
Duncan, John M. 
Earl, John 0. 
Eberhardt, A. 
Eckfeldt, John M. 
Eddy, James F. 
Edwards, William E 
Eels, Rufus S. 
Ehrman, Myer 
Eisen, Augustus 
Eldredge, Alberts. 
Elliot, Charles 
Finch, William G. 
Flanders, Nathan 
Fleming, James 
Flick, William F. 
Forbes, Alexander 
Franklin, Roder'k P. 
French, Wheeler N. 
Frink, George W. 
Fry, J. D. 
Gallagher, Barnard 
Garwood, George M. 
Gates, Horatio S. 
Geary, William 
Giles, Fred. N. 
Glover, Geo. F. M. 
Hagan, A. H. 
Haney, William W. 
Harloe, William 
Harris, Edwin 
Hastings, Everett S. 
Haviland, John T. 

Albert G. Dexter, 
Joel Noah, 
John Jennings. 

Herron, Thomas W. 
Heumann, Alex, 
liinckley, Charles E. 
Hitchings, Ed. W. 
Hogg, Walter 
Holland, Nathaniel 
. Horton, Pemb ? n B. 
Horton, Robert L. 
Horton, Thomas R. 
Hutchinson, JohnP. 
HutorrT, Henry 
Irwin, Robert 
Jenks, George H. 
Johnson, Albert 
Johnson, Frank 
Johnson, G. S. 
Johnson, John M. 
Johnson, Robert C. 
Jones, Joseph 
Jordon, Dennis 
Kehoe, John 
Kersey, John D. 
King, Stephen T. 
Kittredge, Jonathan 
Kleinhaus, John 
Kline, Henry 
Klopenstine, And'w 
Knorp, Albert F. 
Knowles, C. W. 
Lambert, John R, 
Landers, Edward 
Landry, Norbert 
Lawler, George R. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Lawson, John C. 
LeGuen, Thomas 
Leiding, John H. 
Lelande, Peter 
Lukins, Joseph A. 
Lull, Lewis R. 
Luty, John S. 
Mastick, Levi B. 
McAuliffe, F. T. 
, McCarty, Daniel 
McCarty, John 
McDonald, Arch'd 
McDonald, Donald 
McGuffick, William 
Mclntyre. Matthew 
McKee, William R. 
Mitchell, James H. 
Moffitt, Thomas S. 
Monell, Walter J. 
Moore, Elliott J. 
Moore, Samuel N. 

Pinner, Robert 
Pray, Lemuel W. 
Prior, John 
Purdy, John E. 
Quinn, William H. 
Rawson, Julien A. 
Reindahl, Bernt. A. 
Roleau, F. A. 
Rose, Louis S. 
Rosekrans,Henry M 
Rosekrans, Hiram 
Rosengarn, J. H. 
Ross, John 
Rowell, Charles 
Rowell, Isaac 
Rowley, William H. 
Rudolph, Jacob 
Russ, John A. 
Rutherford, Thos. L 
Schafer, H. Henry 
Scollay, Wm. A. 

Sinton, Richard H. 
Sleeper, Charles 
Smith, Frank 
Smith, Stephen H. 
Smith, William 1st, 
Smith, William 2d, 
Snyder, Andrew J. 
Soule, Frank 
Spencer, John C. 
. Stanley, F. H. 
Stanley, James 
Steiger, Charles R. 
Stewart, Thomas 
Stombs, Thomas A. 
Stone, William 
Storm, Cornelius 

Tibbey, Edney S. 
Tobey, William H. 
Trask, A. Y. 
Trueworthy, F. M. 
Turner, Charles 0. 
VanBokkelen, Jac. 
Walker, Thomas 
Wake man, Edgar 
Wand, Thomas X. 
Ware, William 
Watkins, A. A. 
Webb, Henry 
Wendt, Herman 
Whiting, Willard J. 
Willey, 0. F. 
Williams, A. P. 


Stowell, William H. Williams Geo. E. 
Summers, Henry Williams, Henry B. 

Mulford, Thomas W. Scott, George 
Northrup, David B. Sedgley, Abner 
Norwood, Wm. H. Sharpstein, John R. 
Oakley, Samuel E. Sheldon, Mark 
O'Connor, Cornelias Sherman, James S. 
Parker, John S. 
Paul, Horatio 
Peck, Elisha T. 
Pidwell, Cyril T. 
Pike, James N. 

Sutton, William Williams, John H. 

Tay, George H. Williamson, Edmund 

Taylor, John B. Willis, John 

Taylor, John T. Willis, Robert 

Taylor, Joseph Wilson, Thomas S. 

Taylor, Robert S. Winter, Daniel 
Tesmore, Solomon Winterburn, Joseph 
Theller, Samuel L. Witbeck, Peter 

Shoenbar, John Thomas, Andrew J. Wood, Andrew B. 

Sickler, Caleb M. Thompson, Ira D. Woodworth, J. D. 

Sinclair, John W. Thompson, Malcolm Wunderlich,Reynolds 

Simpson, Robert W. Thrall, Stephen C. Zeh, Theodore— 275. 


Deane, Charles T. — 1. 


Herron, Thomas W. Lambert, John R. Shoenbar, John— 3. 


Adams, Samuel Emory, Wyatt Felton, John B. Schmidt, P. R. 

Cashman, Wm. T. Fry, James B. Ritchie, Matthew G. Schumacher, G. L. C. 

Douglas, Horace B. — 9. 

Carson, William S. Griffin, John Parker, James M. Symonds, S. P. — 6. 

Dawley, Nathan W. Hollenbeck, Jas. C. 

La Roche, William M. — 1. 


Clark, Edward F.— 1. 


Eakins, Isaiah — 1. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Grass Valley, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, first Tuesday in each month. 

John C. Goad, Master, John Lawrence, Senior Deacon, 

Patrick Noouan, Senior Warden, Charles Synson, Junior Beacon, 

Daniel Kendig, Junior Warden, Reuben Leech, Marshal, 

Thomas Findley, Treasurer, Henry R. Stephens, 

Alphonso Morehouse, Secretary, Henry Hoffman, 

Alexander Burnie, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 
Wm. McCormick, P.S.&. W., Alexander B. Brady, John C. Coleman, 

Thomas B. Shamp, William Coombe, 1st, E.W.Roberts. 

Andrew C. Kean, Charles 0. Taylor, 



Andrew, Joel 
Angove, John 
Assay, Jacob L. 
Barker, Charles 
Baun, John F. 
Beaman, George W. 
Berryman, Nicholas 
Biggs, William 
Binkleman, David 
Boden, Thomas 
Boston, William W. 
Bosworth, Sol. D. 
Bradley, John F. 
Brockington, Wm. 
Brown, Edwin 
Bryan, John A. 
Bryant, William H. 
Burnett, John 
Clift, Charles 
Clift, William 
Clough, Jonathan C. 
Coleman, P^dward 
Coombe, William 2d, 
Cooper, Arthur 
Curnow, John 
Delano, Alonzo 
Diedenbach, Joseph 
Dibble, Alfred B. 

Dorsey, John J. 
Dorsey, Samuel P. 
Erb, John B. 
Eva, James 
Evans, Thomas 
Fairhurst, Geo. W. 
Farrell, James A. 
Farrell, John H. 
Forbes, Robert 
Fricot, Jules 
Fuchs, Henry 
Gad, Bernard 
Gilham, Samuel M. 
Glass, Schenck 
Gluyas, James 
Goddard, Joseph 
Greene, Milton 
Gribble, John 
Grymes, George A. 
Hand, William D. 
Harris, Amasa T. 
Hill, George W. 
Job, William 
Johnston, John 
Jones, Robert 
Julian, Humphrey 
King, Cyrus 

King, William 
Kinsey, Solomon 
Lathrop, Solomon 
Levy, Herman 
Lock wood, Justus W. 
Majors, John N. 
Meeke, John D. 
Mitchell; Charles H. 
Mitchell, William H. 
Morris, Jacob 
Murray, Michael 
Musgrave, Richard 
Nathan, B. 
Novitzky, Henry 
Novitzky, Simon 
O'Connor, Miles P. 
Oliver, Richard 
Phillips, John 
Price, B. H. 
Remington, Moses 
Rhatigan, John 
Richards, Francis L. 
Ricker, E. A. 
Roberts, Philip W. 
Robinson, James 
Rodda, William H. 
Rogers, John W. 

Roland, Lewis J. 
Rose, J. W. T. 
Sanders, John 
Saxton, Edward 
Saxton, James 
Scadden, Henry 
Silvester, Henry 
Simpson, James 
Smith, Charles W. 
Spencer, Wm. K. 
Stephens, Samuel 
Stevens, Francis P. 
Sweet, Hiram H. 
Tarn, Antonio 
Thomas, Thomas 
Tremewen, James 
Tuttle, Daniel 
Tyler, John Alex. 
Vincent, Joseph P. 
Vivian, James T. 
Vosding, John 
Walker, Thomas R. 
Watt, William 
Whiting, Edward H. 
Wilson, Marion H. 
Woods, W. T. 
Young, John— 128. 


Bastian, Henry — 1. Levison, Jacob— 1. 

Berryman, Benjamin Jones, David L. Martin, Thomas Roach, Thomas W. 

Cocanower, Samuel Levison, Jacob Oppy, Bennett Salamon, Abram M. 


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Doty, John J.— 1. 



Norton, George M. — 1. 


Edwards, John R. Farrar, William.— 2. 


Mariposa, Mariposa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Edwin Moore, Master, John R. McCready. Senior Beacon, 

George W. Temple, Senior Warden, George Burnhard, Junior Deacon, 

Louis Hale, Junior Warden, William T. Coffman, Marshal, 

Calvin E. Farns worth, Treasurer, Joseph Clark, [ Steward? 

I Sie 

Herman Samuels, Secretaiy, Manuel Gonzales, 

George S. Miller, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

James D. Craighen, John P. Appling, Edwin Moore. 


Aielkema,Benj. D. Dougherty, Thos. J. King, Samuel A. Rice, Joseph G. 

Aldrich, Henry Duffy, Thomas J. Knight, George W. Robinson, Geo. H. 

Armstrong, James Dunlap, James M. Lind, Carl G. Roberts, John 

Barnett, James Fitzpatrick, Michael Lind, Joseph Rockwell, Henry S. 

Bradford, Abra'm C. Fleming, Russell H. Malone, James H, Snediker, William 

Collison, Robert Harris, Isaac W. McAvoy, James Stimpson, Charles 

Crippen, Joshua D. Hunsacker, Allen McNicoll, Andrew Streeter, Jarvis 

Deering, Alexander Jackson, Andrew Potts, Joseph Westfall, Joel J. — 46. 
Devaney, Hugh 


, Garibaldi, Jacob— 1. 


Cook, Jay J. Snyder, Jay W. Stahl, William— 3 . 


Burckhalter, Jeremiah— 1. 


Arendt, Harris Culp, William M. Norris, John R. Priest, William C. 

Burckhalter, Jerem'h Gaillet, Achilles — 6. 


Reynolds, Angevine Wilcox, John W. — 2 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Georgetown, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


James D. McMurry, Master, Willis E. Spencer, Senior Beacon, 

William T. Gibbs, Senior Warden, William H. Read, Junior Deacon*, 

Samuel Doncaster, Junior Warden, James Hussey, Marshal, 

Elijah H. Watson, Treasurer, George W. Simpers, \si ewar (i s 

Isaac P. Jackson, Secretary, 

John B. Harden, 

Harvey Kelley, 
Charles Langley, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

James D. McMurry, 

John P. Davidson. 

Alden, Samuel J. Downs, John L. 
AntQnelli,Yincenzio Epps, Tinsley B. 
Balmforth, Ralph Filippini, Ronaldo 
Beatie, George Fleishman, Jacob 

Berry, Solomon A. Fortune, William 
Brown, John W. Goen, Noah H. 
Carter, John E. Hanson, Sanford 

Copley, Andrew J. Hunter, George W. 
Crawford, Ellison L. Kirn, Andrew 
Donnahoo, Wm. W. Kunkler, John E. 
Doncaster, Rich'dJr. Lazansky, Bernard 

Leboeuf, Theophilus Russell, Henry W. 
McKenney,DeWittC. Shepherd, Benj. F. 
McKenney, John Thomas, William L. 

Nye, Samuel P. 
Pedrini, Cipriano 
Pedrini, Massimino 
Pinney, Henry A. 
Prince, Daniel 
Rice, Andrew R. 
Ricci, Felice 
Roush, Wiilliam 

*Abbott, John 

Armstrong, T. Z. 

Wade, John 
Walker, Adolph H. 
Whistler, Wm. G. 
Wiley, Reuben R. 
Williamson, John R. 
Wilson, James L. 
Wood, William T. 
Worden, James B. 

White, Louis— 3. 

Benjamin, William Houghton, Edw'd W. Jamison, Samuel M. Parker, Samuel E. 
Griffith, John L. —5. 


Scheiner, John G. — 1. Graves, John L.— 1. 


Placerville, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

George F. Mack, Senior Beacon , 
Henry Ashcroft, Junior Beacon, 
George G. Blanchard, Marshal, 
Ambrose B. Tryon, ) 
Augustus Mierson, \ Stewards, 
Theodore Eisfeldt, Jr., Organist, 
Lucius C. Fisk, Tyler. 

Frederick F. Barss, Master, 
Thomas Ward, Senior Warden, 
Eli Herrill, Junior Warden, 
Henry D. Raphael, Treasurer, 
Albert J. Lowry, Secretary, 
Charles C. Pierce, Chaplain, 

*Permission given to receive remaining degrees in Virginia Lodge, No. 3, Nev. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Past Masters : 

Isaac S Titus, Dep. Gr. Master, Frederick F. Barss, P. J. G. W. 
Dickson, John W. B. Jackson, George L. O'Brien, James G. 

Alderson, George 

Alderson, Thomas Flansburg, Philo 
Arvidson, Charles J. Ford, Simeon J. 
Baber, Andrew J. Foster, Theron 

Jantzen, August 
Johnson, James 
Kirk, John 

Gaterman, Henry Levison,Mark 

Gelwicks, Daniel W. Marcovich, John 

Gorskie, Severin 

Hamel, Henry McCully, John 

Hawley, Asa H. McTarnahan, S. B. 

Hopkins, Lemuel B. Mead, Wiliiam H. 

Jackson, George A. Miller, Daniel R. 

Balcrwin, David 
Barlow, George W. 
Biron, Hyman 
Bouldan, Thomas 
Briggs, Lewis M. 
Broad, Charles 
Brown, James 
Cleese, John P. 

Claypool, Matthew — 1. 

Borowsky, Michael 

Plumado, Francis H. 
Ralph, Thomas 
Roy, John 
Searles, Daniel 
Sperbeck, Andrew J. 
Mason, Benjamin D. Squires, Ogden 
Tagtmeier, Fred. 
Thompson, Geo. W. 
Vernon, William P. 
Weymouth, James L. 
Marcovich, John — 1. 

Levan, Daniel W. — 2. 

Crowder, Jeremiah J. Dean, Samuel O'Haver, John— 3. 


Weaverville, Trinity County. 

Stated Meetings, last Monday in each month. 


John McMurry, 3f aster, 
W. David Sutherlin, Senior Warden, 
William Ware, Junior Warden, 
Otto Vollmers, Treasurer, 
Morris F. Griffin, Secretary, 

John M. Einfalt, Senior Deacon, 
John Miers, Junior Deacon, 
Jacob Paulsen, Marshal, 
David Hardin, 
Thomas L. Miller, 


Michael Ruch, 

Charles F. A. Goering, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

John C. Mason, 

John' McMurry. 

Bates, Fordyce 
Brooks, Joseph 
Campbell, Alex. W. 
Carter, John W. 
Cass, Charles L 
Christiansen, Ole C. 
Cummings, James C. 
Dennenbrink, Con'd 
Diener, Gotlieb F. 
Downhour, John J. 


Edgecombe, James 
Felter, Andrew J. 
Fisher, John S. 
Flowers, Ellis 
Flowers, John B. 
Given, Gushing W. 
Griffith, Samuel F. 
Harvey, Henry P. 
Harvey, James 
Haskins, Hiram A. 

Hass, Frederick G. 
Howland, Daniel 
Hulme, George 
Hupp, William I . 
Huscroft, John J. 
Irwin, John G. 
Kellogg, John J. 
Martin, Henry 
May, John B. 
McGillivray , Joseph 

Musser, John 
Norcross, Oliver H.P. 
Pickett, James 
Rabb, Louis 
Robison, Alex. S. 
Ruch, William 
Scofield, Tracy 
Simms, William 
Smiley, John W. 
Sturdivant, Jos. A. 


Betunis of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Thompson, R. G. Van Matre, George Wells, Richard B. Wilt, Henry C. 
Tinnin, Wiley J. Van Matre, Peter Weise, Peter Wood, Joel C— 63. 

Turner, Stephen K. Wallace, John C. 


Owings, John M.— 1. Hall, William L. Hall, William P.— 2. 

Burch, John C. Elsasser, Moses L. Kellogg, Daniel M. Pettyjohn, Columb.C. 

Carr, John Hinds, Peter R. Messic, Isaac G. Strauss, E. L. — 8. 


Dayton, Harrison B. Nettleton, Hiram E. — 2. Quine, William A. — 2. 


Columbia, Tuolumne County. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month. 

Stephen Wing, Master, 
William H. Ryan, Senior Warden, 
Sidney A. Hunt, Junior Warden, 
Henry Schuler, Treasurer, 
Eli G. Bacon, Secretary, 


Eli W. Herrin, Senior Deacon, 
Henry C. Calhoun, Junior Deacon, 
John Millington, Marshal, 
George H. Haskell, 
Robert Burgess, 


John Reister, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

William A. Davies, Past G-rand Master, Stephen Wing, 

John B. Carter. 

Aaron, Francis W.W. 
Andross, Moses C. 
Arnold, Robert 
Bell, George 
Biddle, Amos 
Bullerdieck, Albert 
Byrd, Francis J. 
Cavis, Joseph M. 
Coffroth, James W. 
Crane, Hezekiah G. 
Cunningham, Robert 

Duchow, John C. Lewis, Moses A. 

Ruh, Adam 

Faber, George Loring, John M. Shaw,Eliab W. 

Fairley, Adam Love, Robert Skinner, Edward 

Fonda, George D. McKenzie, Daniel Sleeper, William 0. 

Fuller, Amos L. McLeod, Wm. K. Spier, Joseph 

Getchell, Eugene Miller, Henry S. Toman, Madison S. 

Hall, Merritt J. Parsons, Charles H. Whitby, F. G. 

Haskell, John M. Parsons, Edmond White, Moses H. 

Jarvis, Leonard F. Parsons, Marshall W. Wilson, James 

Keefer, Augustus Phelps, Wilson Wing, Gideon 

Kline, Conrad Rinquette, Eli H- Winne, George— 57. 


Smith, Augustus J.— 1. Whitby, F. G.— 1. 


Collingwood, George Keller, John McGuirk, Matthew Whitesides, Thos. B. 

Ford, Robert W. Marshall, James W. Wesley, Henry B. — 7. 

Cullers, Francis C. Jolly, John — 2. 

Coulter, John— 1. 

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Diamond Springs, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Solomon A. Long, Master, John Denio, Senior Deacon, 

George W. Phillips, Senior Warden, Thomas Teesdale, Junior Deacon, 

Simeon T. Corum, Junior Warden, William N. Muffley, Marshal, 

Charles F. Irwin, Treasurer, Henry J. Baker, j 

Alexander Siesbuttel, Secretary, Henry Lander, ) ew ' 

Frederick Tenteberg, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Aaron D. Park, P. S. G. W., William N. Muffley, Alexander Siesbuttel. 

Charles F. Irwin, 

Adams, George M. Caystile, Thomas Fink, Charles McLaughlin, Jas. A. 

Bowe, James E. Courtois, Charles W. Fryer, George D. Schneider, John 

Bowles, Obediah W. Duthman, Gerhard Griffith, Wm. E. C. Smith, Gilmer K. 
Buffington, James R. Elliot, George W. Keller, Frederick Young,CommodoreP. 
Burns, Thomas Z. Evans, Edward H. —30. 

Chandler, William D.— 1. 
Bowe, Edward Y. Ellen, Elle Graham. L. A. Scott, David— 5. 

Chandler, William D. 

Aikins, James — 1. 


San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, jirst Tuesday in each month. 

James Patterson, Master, Samuel H. Kent, Senior Deacon, 

Robert Gowenlock, Senior Warden, James H. Skelly, Junior Deacon, 

Henry Blythe, Junior Warden, William D. Dean, Marshal, 

Calvin H. We therbee, Treasurer, William T. Little, ) , -, 

. , .,»„,„ J y Stewards, 

Adolphus A. Hobe, Secretary, John M. Stockman, j 

Ira C. Root, (of California Lodge, No. 1), Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

William S. Moses, Henry J. Morton, Edward M. Cottrell, James E. Graham, 
George J. Hobe, Hiram T. Graves, Adolphus A. Hobe, Samuel Graves, 
William S. Phelps, Thomas Bigley, James B. Dobbie, Benjamin H. Wyman. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Abbott, William A. 
Aitkcn, James 
Albert, Lewis 
Anderson, Matt. A. 
Bain, John 
Barclay, David 
Battams, William 
Belcher, Robert H. 
Bering, John P. 
Black, Henry M. 
Boole, William A. 
Brickwedel, Henry 
Bright, Robert 
Brown, Stephen G. 
Buddington, Moses J. 
Bulger, Martin 
Bullen, Tupper 
Bulson, John 
Cameron, Daniel 
Carroll, Martin 
Chaplin, George M. 
Churchward, James 
Cooke, William B. 
Corno, Paul 
Craig, Peter 
Cranna, William R. 
Dall, Christopher C. 
Davidson, Walter P. 
Deckar, Charles M. 
Doane, John 0. 
Edwards, Frank G. 
Ehman, Robert 
Elliott, Henry 
Erzgraber, William 
Everding, John 
Fairweather, Julian 

Fake, George J. 
Field, Edward X. 
Field, Hampton E. 
Flood, James C. 
Forsyth, George C. 
Freese, Andrew C. 
Garcia, Joseph S. 
Garratt, John W. 
Garratt, Joseph 
Gawley, William H. 
Gerhow, Frederick 
Goetjen, Nicholas 
Griffiths, Thos. H. 
Groves, Edward 
Hacker, Edward 
Hanley, George W. 
Hawkins, Joseph P. 
Henshilwood, T. R. 
Hetherington, Henry 
Hewitt, Charles H. 
Hogeboom, Lew. V. 
Holmes, George A. 
Hughes, George 
Hunt, James S. 
Ingalls, John N. 
Jenkins, Charles L. 
Johnston, John A. 
Johnson, Sivert 
Jolliffe, William H. 
Jones, Taliesin T. L. 
Kauce, Francis 
Kelly, CaiusP. 
Kingston, Henry 
Knipe, Thomas J. 
Knowland, Joseph 

Knowles, Alfred E. 
Koopman, Henry 
Lawrie, John 
Lemon, Jas. H. 
Lewis, Sabin F. 
Low, William R. 
Lo wry, Richard 
Mackie, Peter 
Mannie, Emmet M. 
Marcucci, Domingo 
Matthews, Henry 
Maxwell, George N. 
McKibbin, William 
McTavish, Donald 
Merrill, Thomas 
Meyer, John C. 
Middleton, Frank 
Miller. James L. 
Mitchell, Alexander 
Mitchell David 
Moneypenny Chas. 
Morgan, Jehn A. 
Neal, Henry R. 
Nettwald, Charles 
Nightingale, John 
O'Brien, John H. 
O'Brien, William S. 
O'Connor, Thos. M. 
Owens, John B. 
Patterson, John W. 
Patrick, Albert B. 
Petersen, Soren B. 
Phelps, Augustns E. 
Pixley, Frank M. 
Price, John C. 

Raymond, David 
Redfield, Francis S. 
Reynolds, Edward B. 
Richardson, Alb. B. 
Robertson, Wm. D. 
Rogers, Ralph H. 
Sawyer, James C. 
Schoder, Joseph 
Schumann, Fred. 
Scott, George T. 
Seymour, Alfred 
Shaber, Jacob F. 
SholLFred. C. 
Simpson, William 
Smith, Charles W. 
Smith, Jacob M. 
Smith, William M. 
Snook, Robert E. 
Souther, AdolphF. 
Springer, Jason 
Stevenson, John W. 
Stivers, Henry F. 
Stratman, John 
Traunge, Louis 
Turner, Matthew 
Van Duzer, Oliver 
VanNamee, Wm. J. 
Van Nastrand, D. C. 
Vollers, Henry 
Vorrath, Christian C. 
Watt, GeorgeS. 
Weygant, F. E. Sr. 
Weygant, F. E. Jr. 
Whiteman, Gid. F. 
Wilson, Charles— 162. 


Bingham, John— 1. Hague, Charles J. Smith, John— 2. 


Hacker, Edward Morgan, John A. Wyman, Benj. H.— 3. 


Adams, Wm. J. Howard, George Mowbray, Robert D. Turn Suden, John Henry 

Greenleaf, Silas —6. 


Cassidy, John H. Ormerd, Henry— 2. 


Ayers, John C. Carlton, Richard Robertson, Chas. 0. Wood, John K — 4. 

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ftloltelumiie Hill, Calaveras County, 

Stated Meetings ) second Tuesday in each month. 


Wesley K. Boucher, Master, Frederick Gramp, Senior Beacon, 

Thomas Peters, Senior Warden, Matthew Shaw, Junior Deacon, 

Frederick W. Grimm, Junior Warden, Charles W. Patterson, Marshal, 

Meyer Gradwohl, Treasurer, Ferdinand Recheubach, j 

Allen, Marcus 
Briggs, Samuel W 
Brown, Charles N 
Champion, John 

, Secretary, Adolph Adler, 

William Ratz, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Charles W. Patterson, 

Dohrenwell, Wm. Norton, George N. 

Wesley K. Boucher 


Horace M. Stuart. 

O'Neil, Joseph 
Ratto, John 

Rubel, Martin 
Wilson, Thomas K. 
Wolters, John D.— 25. 

Halk, Peter J. 
Mag aw, James 
Magee, Stilman L. 


Disbrow, Hiram B. — 1. 


Hill, Edwin P. Neuberger, Ferd. Radford, Thomas Wells, Joseph H.- 



Smart, James — 1. 
Brockway, Silas W. Marx, Jean Baptiste— 2. 


Lincoln, Placer Ccranty. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Isaac Stonecipher, Master, Henry W. Starr, Secretary, 

Mahlon Waldron, Senior Warden, 
William E. Roberts, Junior Warden, 
Amos S. DuBoise, Treasurer, 

Thomas B. Harper, Senior Deacon, 
John ft". Robinson, Junior Deacon, 
James W. Treman, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Isaac Stonecipher, Thomas B. Harper. 

Apperson, David H. Bates, Ralph Brown, G. G. Cordilliam, William 

Apperson, James E. Beck, James Bulens, John L. Easton, James A. 

Bartholomew, J. F. Bishop, Henry Cleland, James H. Evans, Benjamin H. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Garcelon, Chas. C. Herdman, Frank A. Purrington, T. C. Trott, Samuel 

Gerber, John Kelly, William J. 

Graham, William M. Lohse, Herman 
Harry, John Maguire, John T. 

Haun, David Manter, James A. 

Heaton, James A. Manter, John T. 

Robinson, Wm. B. 
Schott, John J. 
Small, George 
Steinagal, And. C. 
Sylvester, E. 

Ulp, Alfred 
Yogt, Jacob 
Whitney, James G. 
Young, James E. — 43. 

Collins, Cornelius Furgeson, John D. — 2. 

Nichols, E. C. Sterriett, Josiah Vinson, James A. — 3. 


Campbell, William 

Gaken, Barney — 2. 


Ackerman, Jacob W. 

Bosquit, John 


Harford, Fred.— 2. 

Kendall, Henry D.— 2. 


Murphy's, Calaveras County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Frank S. Hatch Master, B. M. Doxey, Senior Beacon, 

Charles Reed, Senior Warden, 
Thomas Pr other o, Junior Warden, 
Riley Senter, Treasurer, 
Edward Burrows, Secretary, 

William H. Barnes, 

Elijah Butler, Junior Beacon, 
John Heinsdorff, Marshal, 
Eli Mull, ] 

A, C. Bratton, \ Stewards, 

George A. Ross, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

William H. Harland, Frank S. Hatch. 

Ayer, Isaac Davis, J. S. C. Leake ; Carr W. 

Biggs, Xapoleon B. Downing, William R. Leonhardt, George 
Cooley, John Gilliland, George B. Ross, Ichabod 0. 

Crispin, William C. Greenwell, John Shannon, James 
Crozier, William Johnson, Ernest W. 

Harris, Joseph — 1. 

Stone, Benajah H. 
Terry, Milo 
Thompson, William 

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Santa Clara, Santa Cl^ira County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Emmon T. Starr, Master, 
Parker B. Holmes, Senior Warden, 
Richard F. Mott, Junior Warden, 
Louis Gairaud, Treasurer, 

Ferd. William Gabriel, Secretary, 
William A. Pitt, Senior Beacon, 
William Crowther, Junior Deacon, 
Samuel P. Guminer, Tyler. 

John Cook, 

A. Jones Jackson, 

Past Masters : 

Dennis W. Herrington, 
William B. Kingsbury, 


Abijah McCall, 
Emmon T. Starr. 

Abbot, David C. 
Arques, Joseph G. 
Ayres, M. W. 
Bennett, Fayette 
Boon, W r illiam D. 
Braly, John H. 
Brother, Henry 
Caldwell, J. C. 
Carrow, G. H. 
Collins, Lysander 
Crow, William G. 

Bergin, Daniel 
Connell, Peter 
Gurnsey, J. L. 

Allen, Jacob 
Arnold, Austin A. 
Arnold, James W. 

Cutler, Hobert N. 
Dixon, John 
Elliot, George 
Fessenden, B. B. 
Graham, Wm. G. 
, Greenea, Joseph 
Gruwell, Melvin L. 
Harrison, Edward 
Headen, Benj. F. 
Hoyt, Amasa J. 
Johnson, Absa. L. 
Johnson, Sam'l W. 

Keel, Thomas J. 
Keen, Daniel 
King, E. W. 
Laird, John W. B. 
Landrum, Andrew J 
Lillick, Henry 
McComas, Rush 
Miller, John J. 
Morgan, James H. 
Murphy, John 
Owens, Owen 
Peebles, Cary 

Hagget, John S. Linden, John W. 
Lee, Charles J. Parr, Wm. Johnson 


Bishop, H. N. Jones, William G. 

Eppiheimer, Wm. Laird, James 
Galimore, W. Myers, Christian 

Prell, John G. 
Roberts, J. J. 
Sanderson, James 
Senter, Isaac X. 
Shackleford, R. M. 
Shoemaker, Jas. A. 
Stinson, Benjamin T. 
Yandine, Eben 
Vincent, George W. 
Warran, A. T. 
Watrous, Wm. S. 
Watson, James H. 


Sterling, Robert A. 
Tilden, David R.— 9. 

Shepard, Joseph 
Smith, George W. 
Wielheimer, Samuel 

Beardsley, Austin F. Hoyt, Amasa J. Russell, Prior S. 


Caldwell, A. B. 
Coon, L. E. V. 

Maclay, Charles Ryan, Edward J. Withrow, W. W.— 5 

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San Diego, San Diego County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 


Daniel B. Kurtz, Master, Joseph S. Manasse, Senior Beacon, 

W. H. Cleaveland, Senior Warden, A. 0. Walker, Junior Deacon, 

Andrew Cassidy, Junior Warden, David B. Hoffman, Marshal, 

Ephraim W. Morse, Treasurer, Samuel W. Hackett, ) Stewards 

George A. Pendleton, Secretary, George Lyons, j" 

James W. Connors, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Daniel B. Kurtz, Marcus Schiller, George A. Pendleton. 

Davis, W. W. Mooney, Robert Sloane, Joshua Tramel, Thomas J. 

Graeff, Jacob E. Price, William C. Solomon, Heyman Wetfeld, Gustave 
Jaeger, Louis J. F. Riley, Joseph C. Swycaffer, Joseph Winder, William A. 

Lambert, Thos. G. Rose, Louis Todman, T.H. —32. 

Mannasse, Hyman Slade, Thomas P. 


Bush, Thomas H. Bushyhead, E. H. Capion, J. G.— 3. 


Chambers, John McCoy, James Nottage, E. W. Wetmore, C. A. — 4. 


Lyons, George — 1. Katz, Marcus Storer, Samuel — 2. 

Kelley, A. R.— 1. 


Yreka, Siskiyou Comity. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month- 


John Pashburg, Master, William Stine, Senior Deacon, 

Louis Husemau, Senior Warden, William W. Powers, Junior Deacon, 

Curtis H. Pyle, Junior Warden, Eugene J. Jackson, Marshal, 

Louis Monnet, Treasurer, Maurice Renner, | qt eicar ,u 

Jacob Hansen, Secretary, Henry M. Reid, ) 

John Lennox, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

George W. Jackson, Wenzel J. Paul, Manasseh Sleeper. 

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Best, William 
Benke, Herman 
Bowman, Wm. H. 
Champlin, Orren 
Climper, John C. 
Combs, William G. 
Davis, H. L. 
Davis, Jessie F. 

DeWitt, Robert 0. 
Dumas, Francois 
Egbert, Henry 
Heard, Elijah H. 
Hessnauer, John N. 
Kegg, John 
Lang, Joseph 

Lopez, Joseph 
McCullough.E. A. 
Merrick, Dennis 
Meyers, Jacob 
Morehead, James S. 
Pellet, Samuel 
Peters, William 


Cash, Nelson— 1. 

Lehman, Benjamin 

Richards, Frank C— 1. 
Miller, Peter B. 

Pfeninger, Herman 
Raynes, Alonzo E. 
Reading, Robert 
Richards, John 
Terry, George T. 
Vetterlein, Charles 
Young, Nicolas— 43. 

Lehman, Benjamin — 1. 

Pemberton, John T.— 3* 


Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Samuel Barnet, Master, Henson Polland, Senior Deacon, 

Samuel W. Blakely, Senior Warden, John R. Patterson, Junior Deacon, 

Lewis H. Anthony, Junior Warden, Jacob Parsons, Marshal, 

John Werner, Treasurer, Charles P. Batchelder, ] 

Frank Cooper, Secretary, George W. Walker, 

John B. Arcan, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

John Frazier, Samuel Barnet, Thomas T. Tidball. 

Frederick E. Bailey, Frederick W. Lucas, 


George K. Porter, 
Richard K. Yestal, 

Anthony, George 
Bartlett, Henry C. 
Bartlett, Samuel A. 
Bartlett, Thomas D. 
Bayley, Benj. F. 
Bender, Edward 
Besse, J. N. 
Bias, William H. 
Bradley, Wm. M. 
Brown, George W. 
Chase, John D. 
Clark, Henry A. 
Cool, Peter Y. 
Cooper, William B. 
Curtis, Samuel 
Daubenbiss, John 
DeLamater, G. B.Y. 
Dorn, N. A. J. 
Douglass, John 
Drennan, Samuel 

Dutten, Edwin 
Ellingwood, Geo.W. 
Felker, William 
Fisher, Antone 
Fitch, Edwin 
Folsom, C. D. 
Foreman, Steph. W. 
Foreman, Sol. W. 
Gardner, David F. 
Grable, Benjamin 
Hazen, E. A. 
Hecox, Adna A. 
Hill, George W. 
Hill, Henry S. 
Hinckley, R. G. 
Hinds, David 
Hogguist, Charles 
Jones, Albert 
Kingsley Edwin 
Martin, Charles C. 

Meserve, Alvin 
McDonald, Alex. 
McDermott, Wm. P. 
McGiven, Robert 
McKenzie, Archib r d 
McKiernan, Charles 
McLaughlin, Lafa'te 
Mette, Charles A. 
Monteith, Daniel 
Monteverde, M. G. 
Murrey, John 
Newell, Addison 
Patton, C. Y. D. 
Porter, Benj. F. 
Porter, Frank F. 
Prewett, James L. 
Prince, George W. 
Pringle, David Y. 
Pyatt, Charles W. 
Raymond, Eli P. 

Remnant George 
Sayles, Mowry 
Schrader, Charles 
Schwartz, Louis 
Shaw, Francis E. 
Smith, George Y. 
Smith, John J. 
Smith, John M. 
Soper, John 
Steen, Jacob 
Steinmitz, Charles 
Walsworth, Wesley 
Wellington, Edward 
Weimpkin, Henry G. 
West, C. S. 
Williams, Edward L. 
Wilson, J. A. 
Wilson, 0. P. 
Winkle, H.— 96. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Bacon, Charles L. Baldwin, Alfred— 2. Gourley, E. T.— 1. 

Bartlett, Fred'k E. Cloud, Andrew J. Frederick, John L. Holmes, Stillman — 5. 
Bent, Charles 0. 


Holmes, James Parsons, Henry F. Sharp, Samuel Stevens, E. A 6. 

Hutchins, Nathaniel Porter, John T. 

fellow cbaet: enteked apprentice : 

Parsons, J.— 1. Egan, Paul— 1. 

YUBA LODGE, No. 39. 

Marysville, Yuba County. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


Charles M. Patterson, Master, 
Andrew J. Binney, Senior Warden, 
Rufus R. Merrill, Junior Warden, 
Joseph Lask, Treasurer, 
J. Fred. Eastman, Secretary, 
Adam A. McAllister, Chaplain, 

Oscar F. Redfleld, Senior Beacon, 
Frederick Buttleman, Junior Beacon, 
William K. Hudson, Marshal, 
Thomas W. Kent, j 
Frederick X. Pauley, J 
Charles Raish, Tyler. 

• Stewards, 

Amasa Maurice, Jr., 
James T. Dickey, 

Past Masters : 

Andrew M. Shields, 
Charles Raish, 

Charles E. Stone. 

Arnold, D. Elmore 
Arnold, Thomas 
Ayer, Leonard B. 
Basney, Oscar T. 
Bradley, Samuel H. 
Briggs, B. B. 
Briggs, John G. 
Brown, A. B. 
Cameron, E. W. 
Cohen, Isaac 
Cohen, William 
Coult, Theo. A. 
Creps, William A. 
Crist, G. F. 

Cummins, Samuel 
Earnshields, V. L. 
Elser, Antoine 
Farrell, R. J. 
Fay, Edward 
Fitch, William C. 
Fisher, Amos 
Fox, Daniel D. 
French, Henry 
Gamman, Bobert S. 
Gear, George 
Harney, David H. 
Hartwell, Wm. H. 
Heath, James H. 

Hunter, Enos C. 
Hogle, Wm. H. 
Hyde, H. F. 
Ingram, William 
Lassiter, James H. 
Lincoln, Lewis 
Logan, A. D. 
Long, David 
Marker, Henry B. 
Masterman, Wm. H. 
McClintock, Wm. 
Mesick, Robert S. 
Neal, George W. 
Peffer, John 

Prickett, E. S. 
Seavy, Anderson 
Seaward, Thomas 
Schrieber, Fred. 
Silverstein, Isidor 
Smith, William 
Stinson, Ira W. 
Stokes, William C. 
St. John, E. F. 
Torrey, A. W. 
Walther, George 
Weinlander, Edward 
Wheelock, John D. 
Wright, Benj. F.— 72. 


Ranous, J. H. 

Tungate, R.— 2. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Aubrey, A. W. * Klein, Frederick Mayonx, Antone Spear, A. P. 

Schellinger, H. J. Stratton, C. A.— 9. 

Dnguenny, A. F. Kling, Joseph 
Harrington, E. A. 


Aronson, Salosh Buchanan, John McCready, Thos. W. Stoefler, George— 4. 

Plummer, John— 1. 


Sacramento, Sacramento County. 
Stated Meetings, first Friday in each month. 


Theodore Hillier, Senior Beacon, 
M. J. Smith, Junior Beacon, 
Dougald Gillis, 
William M. Petrie, 


William H. Hill, Master, 
Hiram Cook, Senior Warden, 
Joseph Scott, Junior Warden, 
Henry W. Bragg, Treasurer, 
Samuel Sims, Secretary, 

Peter Zacharias, (of Union Lodge, No. 58), Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

James L. English, P.G.M. William F. Knox, Francis Foster, Powell S. Lawson. 

Aiken, Andrew 
Allen, Robert 
Anthony, Charles 
Anthony, James 
Bailey, A. P. 
Ball, Thomas D. 
Ben rend, M. 
Boehme, George 
Boyd, Thomas 
Bragg, A. L. 
Byrne, Thos. B. 
Carbery, J. J. 
Carr, E. W. 
Coffee, J. H. 
Cohn, Charles 
Colburn, J. A. 
Coleman, James C. 
Costor, Joseph E. 
Crocker, Henry S. 
Darwin, John 
Davidson, Daniel 
Dennery, Bernard 
Denton, Charles H. 
Derrick, M. L. 

Drew, N. L. Karcher, Matthew 

Dwyer, Michael 
Edwards, R. Maze 
Ellis, William 
Fassett, Lewis H. 
Flanders, William 
Fry, Edward M. 
Gagnon, Alfred 
Gardiner, Thomas 
Gilfilan, Robert 
Golden, Thomas 
Griffiths, John T. 
Hackett, Henry 
Hagley, John 
Hall, G/C. 
Hammer, Luther K. 
Hatch, N. V. 
Heath, J. R. 
Hedrick, William 
Heisch, George C. 
Heyman, Arnold, 
Himrod, Oliver W. 
Holbrook, Charles 
Holmes, H. T. 

Knowles, Charles L. 
Krebs, C. H. 
Laine, William H. 
Larue, Hugh M. 
Littlefield,Thos. P. 
Locke, George W. 
Lyon, Edward 
Mardin, William H. 
McDonald, Jas. M. 
McGovern, Thos. 
Megowan, Robert 
Merrill, J. F. 
Miller, P. A. 
Millgate, Thomas 
Mills, Edgar 
Montgomery J. F. 
Moore, George W. 
Nathan, S. J. 
O'Neil, James 
Pearson, H. H. 
Perkins, Thomas C. 
Reith, John 

Robinson, Robert 
Rosenfield, S. 
Ross, Charles H. 
Ross, David S. 
Ross, Thomas 
Salisbury, Norman C. 
Scn'dder, C. L. 
Shaw, P. S. 
Shields, F. M. 
Smith, J. W. M. 
Smith, Wm. W. 
Snyder, E. T. 
Stanley, Leander 
Tryon, S3 7 lvester 
Turner, S. M. 
Turton, William 
Vanderburg, E. L. 
Waddish, Jacob 
Walters. N. 
West, W. B. 
Wilcoxon, Jeff. 
Winterburn, Geo. H. 
Withington, R. H. 

* Permission given to receive remaining degrees elsewhere. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Pugh, S. H.— 1. 
Abernethy, W. A. Patten, D. C. Wallquist, Carl Y.— 3. 
Clay, Frederick Culver, S. M. Kellogg, Samuel Raun, Edward T. 
Cook, John Evans, George S. Meaburn, John J. Snider, E 8. 


Lynde, William C. Pearis, R. A.— 2. 


Dyer, Henry N. Ross, Thomas Wood, Wm. G.— 3. 


Martinez, Contra Costa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 


William H. Buckley, Master, Henry Classen, Senior Beacon, 

Daniel Frazer, Senior Warden, Simon Blum, Junior Deacon, 

John McGrath, Junior Warden, Kirk W. Taylor, ) 

Isador Weiss, Treasurer, Hiram Mills, j" Stewards, 

George A. Sherman, Secretary, Mark Shepard, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 
Thomas A. Brown. Lewis C. Wittenmyer, Henry Classen, William H. Buckley. 


Armstrong, Jas. T. 
Baldwin, Barry 
Bennett, Seeley J. 
Betz, Charles F. 
Bowen,N. S. 
Brown, Warren 
Burr, William W. 
Butler, David 
Carothers, James H. 
Carpenter, Alex. 

Cheney, William A. 
Clayton, Jo-1 
Deacle, Joseph 
Delplace Ernest 
Doughty, William 
Fernandez, Bernard 
Gardner, Clark W. 
Geritj^, Patrick 
Gray, James 
Griffith, Thomas 

Hale, William M. 
Hastings, Lyman H. 
Heacock, Thomas 
Hollenbeck, Hen. M. 
Hook, William 
Jones, Benjamin 
King, William 
Xemeth, Adolph 
Plath, J. Herman 

Potwin, George S. 
Rhine, Charles 
Sherman, Charles 
Shnneman, Frank 
Standish, Edward Y. 
Troy, John H. 
Tucker, John 
Turner, Benjamin 
Walker, James T. 


Goodale, Justin Wells, Wm. Howard— 2. 

Byers, Andrew Ford, William H. Hubbell, Edwin Otts, George— 5. 

Folger, Timothy 


Bowen, N. S.— 1. Coffin, Oliver C Mathews, Felix A.— 2. 

Moore, Wm. A.— 1. 

Frazer, William B.— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Ijos Angeles, IjOS Angeles County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month. 


Thomas E. Rowan, Master, 
Charles Prager, Senior Warden, 
Stephen H. D. Mott, Junior Warden, 
Samuel Meyer, Treasure?)*, 
Hermann Nie decker ^Secretary, 

Senior Deacon, 

William F. Peschke, Junior Beacon, 
William M. Buffum, Marshal, 
Ferdinand V. Vignet, j 
August Ammillac, \ Awards, 
Isaac Hauch, Tyler. 
Past Master: 
Samuel Prager. 


Barrows, Henry D. 
Brundige, Mark D. 
Burkhart, John B. 
Burns, James F. 
Butler, George R. 
Carson, George 
Clement, Michael 
Cohn, Kasper 
Downey, John G. 
Edwards, James 
Foy, Samuel C. 
Gass, Octavius P. 

Goller, John 
Goss, William G. 
Griffith, John M. 
Hammel, Henry 
Hayes, Russel T. 
Hellman, Isaias W. 
Henderson, And. J. 
Hicks, John D. 
Hobbs, Wm. Alex. 
Jackson, Robert E. 
Jackson, Simon 
Kalisher, Wolf 

Keller, Mattiiew 
Lache, William 
Loeventhal, Elias 
Mallard, Joseph S. 
Meyer, Eugene 
Morris, Julius L. 
Morris, Moritz 
Norton, Moses 
Orme, Henry 
Rendon, Alex. 
Reverin, Francois 
Reynolds, John- J. 

Rose, Truttman 
Sainsevain, Jean L. 
Sainsevain, Michael 
Satter, Anthony 
Stockton, William M. 
Switzer, C. Perry 
Thompson, Peter 
Toberman, James R. 
Wartenberg, Henry 
Winston, James B. 
Woodworth, Wallace 
Workman, Wm. H. 



Levy, Marks 

Yates, John E.— 2. 

Allanson, Horace Ennis, Richard Jacoby, Nathan McDonald, Edw'dN. 

Bedwell, Robert D. Goodwin,Leander C. Karaoloff, Wolf Signoret, Felix 

Bollo, Giacomo Jacoby, Herman Loevenstein, Hiilard Stanley, John Q. A. 

Edelman,AbrahamM. Warren, Oscar F. — 14. 

Perry, William H. St. John, Wm. H. Taft, Harley Tnrner, John— 5. 

Shore, John W. 



Soerensen, Daniel — 1. 

192 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


El Dorado, El Dorado County, 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

John Thiesen, Master, Cyprian L. Roussin, Secretary, 

Robert P. Kelly, Senior Warden, Andrew J. Warf, Senior Deacon, 

Thomas McQuiston, Junior Warden, Albert C. Fleming, Junior Deacon, 

Cooper Comins, Treasurer, Charles H. Theiss, Marshal, 

John M. B. Wetherwax, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Thomas J. Orgon, William H. Pavey. 

Clark, William II. Hanley, Andrew Litton, Arthur Shaw, George S., 

Davidson, Thomas Hare, An Irew J. McCormack, James Steere, Robert 
Eppinger, Jacob Hirsh, Bcnoist E. Means, Robert Thompson, Edward 

Fleming, Peter Irvine, Richard Roussin, Charles T. Tripp, Stephen 

Pre eland, George D. Lasky, Mark Shanks, Charles Willing, Robert — 32. 

Hammell, Bradford 

Bentley, Geo. W. Heins, Louis C. F. Levy, Edward R. Simpson, James — 7. 
Davison, Thos. G-. P. Hyneman, Samuel Norton, David E. 


Simmons, Joseph E. — 1. 



Gross, Jacob — 1. 

Edwards, John R. Taylor, Thaddeus— 2. 


San Francisco, San Francisco Connty. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


John W. Shaeffer, Master, F. 0. Barstow, Senior Deacon. 

Peter Short. Senior Warden, Martin Flynn, Junior Deacon, 

James Evrard, Junior Warden, Albert Solomon, Marshal, 

George C. Hickox, Treasurer, Charles Wise, j_ steward s, 

Charles L. Wiggin, Secretary, Jesse H. Neece, f 

Eleasor Thomas, Chaplain, 

Ira C. Root, of {California Lodge, No. 1), Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


George C. Hickox, 
John S. Davies, 
Charles L. Wiggin, 
Nicholas P. Perine, 

Past Masters : 

Edwin S. Perkins, 
John W. Shaeffer, 
William Anderson, 
Aaron L. Chamberlin, 

Philip W. Randle, P.J.G.W. 
Joseph Shannon, 
Charles F. Brown, 
Miniss C. Edwards. 

Abrahamson, Peter 
Aekley, Lyman 
Allen, William R. 
Ashbury, Monroe 
Ashcom, James E. 
Asher, Edward 
Babcock, Benj. E. 
Badger, William G. 
Barnard, Frank 
Barnes, Wm. H. L. 
Barrow, Samuel 
Barry, William 
Barth, Charles H. 
Batchelder, Levi L. 
Bateson, James H. 
Baumgarten, Anton 
Bell, Josiah 
Bemis, Charles C. 
Bennett, Robert H. 
Beretta, William 
Bergson, Ole 
Bigelow, Henry H. 
Blake, George W. 
Bookstaver, Sam'l J 
Bossuot, George S. 
Boswell, Solomon B. 
Brittan, John W. 
Bruns, Nicholas 
Bunke \ Robert F. 
Bnrkhead, Wm.N. 
Cathcart, William 
Chapman, Howard 
Chevers, William EL 
Christmas, William 
Clark, Leonard S. 
Colling, Benjamin 
Congdon, Henry B. 
Cordes 3 Albrich J. F. 
Cullins, George 
Currier, Amos 
Dahlman, Charles 
Davis, Henry L. 
Devine, William 
Dunshee, Cornel's E. 
Eisenberg, Tsidor 
Ellery, Epes 


Emery, Thomas Knight, William 

Emerson, John A. Lent, Silas 
Evans, Charles West Leonard, Cornelius 
Ewing, Charles G. Levison, Herman 

Lipman, Joseph 
Litchfield, W. D. 
Littlefield, Sheldon 
Loomis, William E. 
Louderback. Davis 
Low, Joel B. 
Lundt, D. N. 
Lux, Frederick 
MacCrellish, Fred. 

Fiex, John 
Figel, Joseph 
Florine, Olof N. 
Folk, Solomon 
Foy, John J. 
Franz, Bernard 
Freeman, Elisha 
French, Charles H. 
Friedberg, Morris S. 
Galvin, Jeremiah G. Mahony, James B. 
Gilman, Abijah M. Marsh, George W. 
Goodsell, DeC. M. Mathews, James 
Gottschalk, Charles Maurer, Jacob 
Gunn, William J. McCraith, John 
Gut)irie,Jonathan B. McKenna,T. D. 
Hall, VVinslow G. Meisterlin, John 
Hansen, Hans P. Mengel, John 
Harloe, Archie Mengels, Martin 

Hartshorne.Elbrid^e Meyer, Marcus E. 
Havens, Wickham S, *\liller, George S. 
Hawley, Charles A. Miller, Peter 
Heuer, Philip Mitchell, James 

Highton, Henry E. Mitchell, John R. 

Higgins, Wm M. 
Holladay, Sam'l W. 
Holmes, Charles S. 
Holmes, James G. 
Holtz, Louis F. 
Homer, James 
Hudson, Nelson 
Hunter, James 
Hymen, Presley C. 
Irelan, Samuel B. 
Irving, Samuel 
Jacobs, Albert 
Johnson, Henry 

Moore, John A. 
Myerfield, Moses 
Nagle, George D. 
Nelson, James 
Neville, Ernest H. 
Newmark, Valentine 
Palache, Gilbert 
Palmer, Edwin C. 
Parker, George F. 
Peiser, Samuel 
Penycook, John 
F'fenning, Philip J. 
Price, Thomas 

Johnson, Theophilus Quarles, Wm. A. 
Johnson, William C. Radstone, Jacob 
Johnson, William D. Raimond, Reuben E. 
Jones, Charles F. Ramsdell, B. H. 
Joseph, Isaac Reed, Charles E. H. 

King, Richard Reid, John W. 

Reilly, William E. 
Reis, Julius C. 
Richards, David M. 
Riley, Cornelius 
Rosenbaum, Jul's S. 
Ruggles, John E. 
Russell, John A. 
Sack, John C. 
Sawyer, Charles L. 
Sawyer,Ebenezer D. 
Sbarboro, Andrew 
Schindler, William 
Schroeder, J. Louis 
Searle, William 
Searles, John 
Severance, Thos. J. 
Shafer, Henry 
Shardlowe, Wm. M. 
Shepheard, John J. 
Siedentopf, Charles 
Silverthorn, Wm. H. 
Smith, Edwin L. 
Smith, Hezekiah 
Smith, James 
Smith, Samuel E. 
Stewart, Linas 
Stockton, James 
Stover, Charles B. 
Such, Francis L. 
Swain, Henry H. 
Swain, James H. 
Taylor, William 
Thompson, James 
Torrence, John 
Trautner, Charles 
Triggs, James 
Truett, George F. 
Tufts, James 
Tully, Patrick 
Van Zandt, John W. 
Voorman, Henry 
Wade, Charles H. 
Welch, Hy. Howard 
Werner, Charles 
Wilde, Francis B. 
Woolley, Lell H. 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Von Scnmidt, Alex. W. — 4. 

Bird, Herbert— 1. 
Costello, S. Sammis, N. W. 

Freeman, Elisha — 1. 
Gardner, Charles Ludmgton, Geo. C. Rinaldi, C. R. 
Hooper, Geo. F. Peck, George H. Van Dyke, Walter— 8. 


Curtis, Charles H. Gwin, Ancin McKenzie, John T. 

Beckh, Gustavus W. Ellsworth, S. R. Harlow, James Michael, Aaron . 

Birch, William Garrison, Wm. R. Harrison, Randolph White, Martin 

Buchanan, A. W. Gould, Alfred S. Jones, Thomas 



Gruenhagen, Martin Lewis, Thomas B — 2. 

Ma)', George B. 

Alexander, Jos. D. 
Enas, Jos. D. 

Beadle, Donald 

Wolff, R. Julius— 17. 


Bond, Balaam 

Owen, Wm. P.—?. 


Crescent City, Del Norte County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John H. Chaplin, Master, Charles H. Gardner, Senior Beacon, 

Thomas P. Baxter, Senior Warden, August Fischerman, Junior Deacon, 

Elibus N. Magruder, Junior Warden, Ewald Yorlander, Marshal, 

Joseph G. Wall, Treasurer, John R. Nickel, ) 

Peter H. Peveler, Secretary, Christian L. Hansen, j ste "' ards > 

John C. Richert, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Edgar Mason, Thomas P. Baxter. 


Bacon, Joseph S. Curtis, Greenleaf Marhoffer, Jacob Selig, Marx 

Baenziger, John Dennis, William A. Marhoffer, Joseph Shrewsbury, Nath'l 

Barron, John M. Hale, John J. McVay, Joseph H. Tucker, Morgan G. 

Bryant, John W. Harper, James Meyer, Gottlieb Wells, Justus 

Opie, James Woodbury. Wm. H. 

Colebrook, Fred W. Lake, Joseph L. 
Crook, Theron W. Lasalle, A. D. 

Peacock, George H. Zimmerl, Frank — 36. 

Donovan, James S. 

Foreman, James B. 

Lang, Joseph— 3. 

Grand Lodge of California. 

San Juan, Monterey County. 

Stated Meetings, second Saturday in each month. 

James Francis Black, Master, 

Wm. Victor McGarvey, Senior Warden, 

Andrew Abbe, Junior Warden, 

John R. Comfort, Treasurer, 

Robert William Canfield, Secretary, 

Azariah Martin, Chaplain, 


Roscoe Green Norton, Senior Deacon, 
Julias Breibath, Junior Beacon, 
Thomas J. McKnight, Marshal, 
Ephraim A. Reynolds, 1 S(ewards , 

Henry Beger, 
Peter Carlos, Tyler. 

Past Masters ; 

James B. Smith, 

William V. McGarvey. 

Ashley, Delos R. 
Baker, Albion 
Baldwin, Thos. b. 
Berry, ThaddeusC. 
Bixby, A. S. 
Bullier, Leon 
Burch, Edmond S. 
Butterfield, Josiah 
Conover, Simpson 
Deacon, Thomas 
Escolle, Henry 

Geither, Wi'liam 
Gregory, D. S. 
Hansen, John 
Harris, Daniel 
Hitchcock, Benj. 
Kemp, Fred'k W. 
Lemasters, William 
Marchetti, Joseph 
Martin, Franklin 
McDougall, Fred. A. 
McKinley, Erastus 


Mitchell, Charles E. 
Mylar, Isaac 
Mylar, Israel 
O'Neal, Charles 
Parker, Wm. M. R. 
Rhodes, George 
Roche, James H. 
Rothe, Julius A. 
Russell, George W. 
Sargent, James P. 
Scherrer, Lewis 
Shaw, Thomas J. 

Miller, John W.— 1. 

Mvlar, Enoch — 1. 

Slankard, Harrison 
Smith, Samuel W. 
Tait, Thomas 
Thomas, Gustave 
Thompson, Chas. D. 
Tyng, George S. 
Walker, William 
Williams, Thomas W. 
Wilson, Daniel 
Woldenberg, Samuel 
Wood, Abram C. 
Wright, Jonathan 


McFadden, O.P.— 1. 

Abbott, Carlisie S. Eddleman, Jacob Geil, Jamuel F. McFadden, 0. P.— 4. 

Crane, George W. Fischer, Henr} r — 2. 


Michigan Blnffs, Placer Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Fult Moon. 

Benjamin D. Dunnam, Master, J. Warwick Byrd, Secretary, 

Warren C. Shain, Senior Warden, • Adolph Weske, Senior Beacon, 

Cyrus Watkins, Junior Warden, J. H. Elsworth, Junior Beacon, 

Michael W. Hassett, Treasurer, Reuben M. Sparks, Steicard, 

James Burns, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Benjamin D. Dunnam. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Baker, J. H. 
Bordwell, J. M. 
Burrows, Jonathan 
Cameron, William 
Cooley, J. B. 
Deasden, Robert 
Devely, H. K. 
Drury, John W. 
Edwards, R. W. 
Eels, George N. 

Halligan, D. M. 
Howe, Joseph 
Hughes, Richard R. 
Jones, Owen 
Katz, Frederick 
Lewis, Robert 
Locher, Francis J. 
Mathews, Robert 
Maxwell, Wm. H. 

McClain, Levi 
Morton, George W. 
Parker, Alonzo P. 
Parry, Evan 
Penman, William A. 
,Ray, Wiiliam M. 
Samuelson, Samuel 
Shawl, Mark 
Smith, A. B. 
Smith, William 1st 

Smith, William 2d 
Stackhouse, Jas. S. 
Swan, Charles J. 
Swenson, Chris. S. 
Taggart, David 
Tracy, Perus S. 
Webster, George C. 
Whitten, Ephraim 
Worsley, Alfred- -48. 


Darling, E. T. Hinman, Justin M. ' Smith, W. Guy— 3. 


Cook, Warren — 1. 


Forbestown, Butte Comity . 

Stated Meetings, third Saturday in each month. 


Samuel T. Bowers, Master, Alfred Thompson, Senior Beacon, 

George M. Larkin, Senior Warden, John Do well, Junior Deacon, 

Abram F. Roberts, Junior Warden, James Slater, Marshal., 

Henry Safford, Treasurer, James Brookius, ) Stewards 

Alexander H. Ellis, Secretary, DeWitt C. Gaskill, f 

George Hileman, Tyler. 

Nathaniel D. Plum, 

Past Masters: 

Wallace H. Chappell. 

Samuel T. Bowers. 

Anderson, Alex. E. Collins, John Maddox, Henley S. 

Beik, Frederick Courtwright, Wm. H. Martin, Louis 

Boehme, Chas. G. Flemming,Eug'e W. McMillan, James 
Buckalew, Wm. C. Hall, George L. Mitchell, George J. 

Cannon, Richard W. Hurles, Smith H. Persens, H. T. 
Cole, James M. Johnson, John T. Riant, Isaac W. 

Sullivan, Philip 
Wagner, Frank 
Walch, Michael 
Williams, Norman 
Wilson, Harry W. 
Youlan, William— 37. 

Turner, John — 1. 

Fenton, Richard P.— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Colfax, Placer County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Wanton A. Himes, Master, 
Archibald D. Campbell, Senior Warden 
William W. Guptill, Junior Warden, 
Jonathan Brown, Treasurer, 
James P. Hodgdon, Secretary, 

Past Masters : 

Geo. W. Applegate, Joseph D. Hilton, Wanton A. Himes 

William B. Storey, Senior Deacon, 
Alberto. PedCn, Junior Deacon, 
William B. Hayford, \ 

James Cook, 


Leopold Lobner, Tyler. 

Alcorn, Brancford 
Allen, Lorenzo T. 
Barrett, George A. 
Bean, Le Roy S. 
Benjamin, William 
Brickell, Brazillian 
Cadgew, Selen 
Carnow, Simeon 

Dam, Alphonso 
Dysart, James 
Dysart, John 
Hedden, Joel C. 
Hodges, James 
Johnston, George A. 
Marshall, James E. 
Mitchell, Joseph 

Murphy, Bernard 
Osborne, Robert S. 
Osborne, Watson B. 
Parker, Samuel E. 
Parkhnrst, Dan'l W. 
Parks, J. H. 
Queen, Christopher 

Jonathan Brown. 

Quinn, Anthony V. 
Schofield, Norman A. 
Striker, James W. 
Tobin, Michael 
Welker, Jacob L. 
Willard, David W. 
Yeates, Elijah S. 


Fingland, John — 1. 

Brickell, Edward J. Hart, Robert D. Neidholdt, Fred'k P. 
Brown, Lorenzo D. 

Wilson, Geo. W. J. 

Rice, Joseph M. — 1. 


Jamestown, Tuolumne County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Alvin B. Preston, Master, Willllam D. Newton, Senior Deacon, 

Thomas Patton, Senior Warden, Frederick F. Mitchell, Junior Deacon, 

ames Witter, Junior Warden, John McEIhinney, Marshal, 

Otis John Betis, Treasurer, 
John M. Fleming, Secretary, 

William D. Newton, 


Evrard Sharrock, ) 
John Knox, \ 

Francis Severio, Tyler. 

Past Masters ; 

Evrard Sharrock, Alvin B. Preston. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

And, William J. 
Black, John 
Gallut, Victor 
Halleck, Rolrt F. L, 
Harris, Lyman E. 

Harris, Thomas Neilson, Heinrich 

Hilliard, Minor, Jr. Oliver. Allen 
Janoni, John Patton, Robert 

Lowrey, John Patton, William 

Mitchell, Addison M. Pereira, John 

Levy, Aaron M.— 1. 

Quinot, Florentine 
Ramela, Antoine 
Read, George A. 
Rogers, Thomas— 30. 


Siiismi, Solano County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Eben D. Perkins, Master, George A. Gillespie, Senior Beacon, 

John B. Lemon, Senior Warden, John B. Carrington, Junior Beacon , 

Moses Dinkelspiel, Junior Warden, Jacob H. Bauman, Marshal, 

M. S. McMahan, Treasurer, Owen Woodford,Jr., j 

David H. Allen, Secretary, John Tyrrell, f Stewards, 

John Voorhame, Tyler. 

Andrew P. Jackson 
John B. Lemon, 

Past Masters: 

Sampson Smith, 
Pettus 0. Clayton, 

Allen, Andrew W. 
Brooks, Hiram 
Brown, Charles W. 
Brown, William B. 
Bushnell, Daniel E. 
Callen, William E. 
Chapman, A. L. 
Charles, Abner E. 
Chrisler, Peter J. 
Cooper, Matthew M 
Cotting. H. B. 
Cutler, Jacob 
Davison, Geo. W. 
Dickie, A. E. 
Doggett, Wm. J. 
Edwards, J. G. 

Ewing, J. C. 
Ferrell, John 
Frank, Jacob 
Gardner, Geo. C. 
Garretson, J. De Witt 
Glenn, William J. 
Hall, George W. 
Hewitt, Amos L. 
Hinckley, J. C. 
Hoyt, J. Biiel 
Hoyt, William K. 
Hunt, Charles G. 
Ingraham, A. J. F. 
Jackson, John 
Jones, J. Milton 

Jones, Joseph P. 
Lakin, Thomas 
Long, Peter 
Marston, J. H. 
Martin, Robert 
McBee, Clarence 
McCormick, H. X. 
McXultj r , James 
Mein, Robert 
Miller, Allen C. 
Olsen, Peter 
Owen, John W. 
Palmer, George M. 
Palmer, Philip 
Peunell, William 

Eben D. Perkins, 
Stephen K. Nurse. 

Pine, Charles A. 
Porter, George S. 
Priest, Joshua J. 
Raney, Cornel. J. 
Rice Isaac R. 
Roberts, Amos 
Robinson, John 
Rush, Hiram 
Shorey, Sumner A. 
Siverton, Christian 
Steward, Samuel 
Thompson, William 
Turner, W. S. 
Votypka, John — 76. 


Gopin, John 

Woods, John— 2. 

Dickey, Albert E. Lambie, John McCreavy, Daniel Patten, John 

Doggett, R. V. —5 . 

Bragg, Charles Ehrman, Myer Myer, Benhardt Sweeney, John— 6. 

Gushing, Clinton Howe, Philip 

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Wood, JohnS.— 1. 

Keeny, John M. — 1. 


Volcano, Amador County. 

Stated Meetings , Friday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Laughlin McLaine, Master, Warren Q. Mason, Senior Deacon, 

Thomas Derry, Junior Beacon, 
Peter A. Clute, Marshal, 
George Armstrong, ) S(ewardSj 
David Teuchor, J 
William R. Story, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Charles Wilson, Laughlin McLaine, Asbury A. Young. 


Joseph Goodall, Senior Warden, 
George Collins, Junior Warden, 
Charles D. Burleson, Treasurer, 
Benjamin Ross, Secretary, 
Samuel G. Briggs, Chaplain, 

Robert Stewart, 

Adams, James 
Bereni, Antoni 
Boyle, William C. 
Case, John N. 
Cotton, John A. 
Coughlin, Daniel 
Dillian, William D. 
Fabian, Myer 
Foster, John A. 
Foster, Joseph 
Frey, John 

Cottingham, H. P. 
Culbert, Thomas L. 
Dexter, Stephen F. 

Frye, Reuben F. 
Griesbach, Jacob 
Hanford, Harvey 
Hipkins, Richard L. 
Huey, Elbridge W. 
Hunt, Stephen H. 
Huttmann, Henry 
Kelly, Dennis 
Ledford, Amos S. 
Liversedge, Alfred 
Loree, Samuel H. 

McCaskill, Colen 
Miller, John 
Miller, Louis 
Mitchell, Charles T. 
Norton, Rodney C. 
Patterson, David A. 
Provis, Francis 
Provis, James 
Sargent, Andrew J. 
Seibenthaller, Ph. 
Seible, Peter 

Stubbs, John 
Thoss, William H. 
Turner, Abraham 
Turner, William T. 
Walker, Lewis F. 
Wassescha, Joseph 
White, Matthew 
Woodburn, James 
Wright, Nathan T. 
Zehender, Frank— 54. 

Ready, Peter — 1. 
Farley, James T. Keeber, John 
Goldsworthy, James Mayo, Andrew J. 

Tulloch, James 
Warner, James E. 


Santa Rosa, Sonoma County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 

John C. Burch, Master, 
Alexander C. Raney, Senior Warden, 
Robert K. Hays, Junior Warden, 
James M. Roney, Treasurer, 
Zacharias Middleton, Secretary, 


Henry Wise, Senior Deacon, 
John Ledwidge, Junior Deacon, 
Edward Neblett, Marshal, 
William McCullough, j 
William H. Bond, i 

• Stewards, 

John Ingram, Tyler. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Joseph H. Griggs, 
Lorenzo I). Latimer 

Past Masters : 

William Churchman, George P. Noouan, 


John C. Burch. 

Borer, John Doychert, Julius Hendley, John M at thews, Charles W. 

Boyce, John F. Dunwoody, Alex. Holmes, Calvin Shaw, D. B. 

Bumpas, Cyrus Dyre, Robert Hood, Peter B. Spencer, Thomas 

Carillo, Julio Farmer, Elijah T. Hoyt, Hiram Stanley, Wm. B. 

Clark, James P. Farmer, John H. Jackson, E. N. B. Tupper, George A. 

Clay pool, Jeremiah Fortson, John T. Jarius, John F. Wall, Henry 

Curry, Isaac Fulkerson, Richard Liggett, George H. Williams, James M. 

Davis, Elisha L. Fulkerson/Theodoris Martin, Richard M. Willis, Thos. N.— 49. 

Drennan, Thomas J. Henderson, William 

See, William Smith, Stephen S. — 2. 

Emerson, Perry N". Howard, James E. Label, Herman Robins, Martin X.— 4. 

Reagan, Garrett Shinn, Silas M. Stephenson, W. W. Whelis, Isam — 4. 

Crowell, Wm. H. Mathews, George H.— 2. 


Sacramento, Sacramento County. 
Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


Alfred A Redington, Master, Kerst Kinsey, Junior Deacon, 

George D. Welch, Senior Warden, John R. Watson, Marshal, 

George Gregg, Junior Warden, Gustavus A. Rothgeb, | 

Anthony Egl, Treasurer, Joseph Harris, 

Albert Hart, Secretary, George A. Stoddard, Organist, 

Isaac B. Cooledge, Senior Beacon, Peter Zacharias, Tyler. 

■ Stewards 

Richard Dale, 

Adams, Horace 
Anderson, Wm. A. 
Armer, Hermann 
Baker, Thomas 
Barclay, S. 
Barney, John N. 
Bell, John 
Bell, William M. 
Bradshaw, Oliver L, 
Bragg, Albert 
Bremer, William H. 
Brewington, Ben.S. 

Past Masters: 

George T. Bromley, John W. Rock, 

Brooks, John H. 
Brown, John R. 
Brougham, Fred. P. 
Buchanan, John 
Cavanaugh, Bartley 
Chadderdon,Jacob L 
Clement, Lewis M. 
Cluness, William R, 
Coles, Thorne 
Crofton, Samuel W. 
Crouch, William T. 
Curtis, John F. 

Davis, Harris 
Dean, Wm. W. 
Dennery, Alphonse 
Edwards, Ellis 
Eppinger, Herman 
Feldheim, Nathan G. 
Fisher, Charles E. 
Flint, Addison A. 
Franklin, Philip 
Freeman, Wm. B. 
French, Chas.G.W. 
Garlack, Aaron 

Isaac B. Cooledge. 

Gerrish, James L. 
Gerrish, Samuel H. 
Gilmer, Thomas W. 
Gluckman, L. 
Goggins, William 
Grady. John H. 
Graves, Jacob H. 
Griggs, George 
Gappy, Alonzo R. 
Hack, Julius 
Haines, Jamea W. 
Hanley James 

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Harkness, HarveyW. 
Haslett, Chas. A. 
Hawkins, Walter L. 
Heilbron, Fred. 
Hickok, Horace D. 
Higgins, Charles B. 
Holland, Crawford 
Hopkins, Alson W. 
Howe, Leland 
Hull, Joseph 
Hunt, George S. 
Hunt, William S. 
Inglis George 
Inwalls, John J. 
Jacobs, Noah E. 
Juliosinski, Isidor 
Kerchival, John H. 
Kidd, James E. 
Kimball, Gorham G. 

Axelsen, N. J. 
Hayes, Harmon L. 

King, J. 
Kohn, Heniy 
Kreuzberger, Lucas 
Lavenson, Samuel 
Leitch, George W. 
Lippitt, Philip 
Lobe Anatole 
Lobenstein, Louis 
Long, Jeremiah 
Luke, Henry 
Mace, R. P. 
Mallard, George H. 
Megerle, Henry C. 
McCormack. Charles 
McWade, D. D. 
Mills, Ribert T. 
Moke, John A. 
Montague , Richard W. 

Moran, William 
Morgan, Henry H. 
Morris, Peter T. 
Morris, William 
Murch, Leonard H. 
Myrtetus, Charles 
Palmer, Asa J. W. 
Perkins, William L. 
Phipps, Eugene K. 
Poorman, Giles D. 
Radmaker, John L. 
Reed, LaPayette 
Reynolds, R. 
Rice, H. N. 
Rothfeld, S. 
Rugg, Joseph P. 
Schaefer, Louis 
Scott, William 

Lake, E. D. McGown, David 

McKewen, Wm. L. 

Shallcross, Wm. D. 
Soule, Aimer P. 
Stevenson, H. L. 
Sutliff, Levi B. 
Thompson, G. A. 
Tucker, William 
Turpin, John N. 
Tyrrell, George G. 
Uren, Stephen 
Wait. George S. 
Welch, Benjamin 
Wheeler, Jacob 
Wilkenson, Jos. R. 
Wilson, Jesse W. 
Wilson, John B. 
Wingate, Richard P. 
Windrich, Fred. 
Yoerk, Charles A. 


Schwab, Peter— 6. 


Higgins, Charles B. Lamour, Cooper — 2. 


Hamblin, H. H. Johnson, Seymour Littlefield, John W. Moore, Samuel H.— 4. 


Parks, Dana— 1. Morgan, John Richardson, Aug. G. — 2. 


Camptonville, Yuba County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon 


Richard Munt, Master, 

David H. Landecker, Senior Warden, 

Philip S. Van Rensslaer, Jr., Jan. Warden 

Josiah P. Brown, Treasurer, 

John H. Be am an, Secretary, 

Orange S. May, Senior Deacon, 

, Junior Deacon, 

Arthur G. Miller, Marshal, 
August Millowain 

Isaac Elias, 
Joshua H. Variel, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 


Charles O'Hara, 
Josiah P. Brown, 

Joshua H. Variel, 
John E. Fuller, 

John G. McLellan, 
George May, 

Arnott, Alexander Baker, Silas S. Butz, Peter 

Arnott, James Baxter, John Calvin, David 

Baden, Wm. J. Bodkins, David H. Darneal, E. M. 

Baertsch, Christian Bristow, William Dennis, William 


Wm. H. Groves 

Dickinson, B. H. 
Drake, Arthur G. 
Elias, Samuel 
Everett, Harvey S. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Farley, Geo. S. 
Gibson, William W. 
Gilfellan, Alex. 
Godfrey, Charles 
Jones, John G. 
Jones, Thomas 
Jones, Thomas L. 
Kennady, John R. 

Lewis, James M. 
Mansur, Carlos F. 
McMullin, Daniel 
McMurray, Val. C. 
Meek, John R. 
Meek, Wm. A. 
Miller, Walter H. 
Moison, Charles P. 

O'Rear, Benj. T. 
Pelliston, Peter 
Pelton, Lester A. 
Peterson, Johannes 
Pratt, Hartwell 
Russell, Peter 
Smith, James A. 
Skillman, Isaac H. 

Spencer, Stephen 
Stephens, Samuel 
Sterritt, John W. 
Stevenson, Wesley 
Troxel, Solomon K. 
Watts, Jeremiah 
Young, Nicholas G. 

Napier, Madison K. 

Williams, Thomas — 2. 


Dennis, William — 1. 


Brooks, tidward H. Hughes, Henry Stevenson, John W. Tilley, Gideon H. — 6. 

Elwell, William Keim, L. F. 

Crawford, Sewell G. Forbes, Jamas A. Hartford, James Stanley Wm. H. — 4. 


Q,uincy, Plumas County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John B. Overton, Master, T. Franklin Hersey, Secretary, 

John R. Buckbee. Senior Warden, Fenton B. Whiting, Senior Deacon, 

Nicholas Hartley, Junior Warden, Aaron L. Dwinel, Junior Deacon, 

Charles T. Kaulback, Treasurer, William T. Byers, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

John R. Buckbee, Leven C. Charles, 

Brihgham, Wm. C. Dean, Wilson S. Goodwin, Samuel 

Chambers, R. Craig Dempster, James Hogan, Edwin T. 
Clemens, Hiram L. Gentry, James C. Houck, James H. 


Keddie, Arthur W.—l. 
Bringham, Wm. C. Van Decar, Ezra H. Walter, Isaac M. 

John D. Goodwin. 

Messer, Joseph 
Moore, George W. 
Peel, John J. L.— 22. 

Coburn, Benjamin 

Van Decar, Ezra H. 

Whiting, Fenton B. 

Walter, Isaac M. — 3. 

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Oakland, Alameda Comity. 

Stated Meetings, frst Friday in each month. 

James C. Kyte, Master, Henry L. Haelke, Senior Deacon, 

Thatcher P.Wales, Senior Warden, William H. Irwin, Junior Deacoi, 

Ludlum J. Rector, Junior Warden, Julius Zable, Marshal, 

John Gieschen, Treasurer, William P. Bagley, , 

William Van Voorhies, Secretary, Leavitt M. Hobbs, [ 

H. E. Hitchcock, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Jerem'hE.Whitcher, George M. Blake, Franklin Warner, 
Francis K. Shattuck, Benjamin Akerly, James O. Miner, 


James Lentell. 

Alexander H. 
Ash, Herman 
Bagge, Christian 
Baldwin, D. M. 
Beal, Rufus, Jr. 
Beal, Samuel 
Bell, Samuel B. 
Blair, George M. 
Block, E. D. 
Brooks, James M. 
Brugaire,L. G. 
Caddy, John 
Carrick, John W. 
Chenhall, N. 
Cordes, P. H. 


Crane, William W. 
D'Autenil, George 
Dieves, Joseph 
Eaton, Henry J. 
Estrado, Frederick 
Evers, John H. 
Gabb, William M. 
Glass, Charles 
Gleason, George 
Gunn, John C. 
Hagy, Adam 
Halley,J. C. 
Hempel, Henry 
Henninger, Fred. 
Hillebrand, Henry 


Hirshberg, Samuel 
How, M. M. 
Jahn, Henry 
Jansen,F. G. E. 
Justus. P. C 
Knawer, Frederick 
Linden, Henry 
Massey, B. F. 
Mead, J. F. 
Nolan, Stephen 
Partinocky, Charles 
Paul, Corlin 
Prosser, Walter 
Ray burn, Thomas S. 
Reinstadler, Francois 

Robertson, J as. A. 
Ross, John 
Schmidt, John C. 
Schneider, C. P. 
Scott, J. V. 
Siddons, James 
Skinner, C. C. 
Smith, Joseph 
Stone, Winfield S. 
Stratton, James T. 
Taylor, James 
Webster, J. Y... 
Williams, Alph. F. 
Yard, George M. — 77. 

Oltman, William 

Palmer, Smith 

Cooms, Henry Malone, Benj. F. Reed, Charles F. 

Slicer, Hugh— 3. 

Wunnenberg, A. H. — 4. 

Gordon, Jos. S. G. Pratt, D. W. Yogt, David Ward, Robert 

Merritt, Fred. A. Smith, E. J. Walker, Lysander Willes, D. Ellis— 10. 

Pinkerton, Thos. H. Smith, G. Frank 


Chinese, Tuolumne Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Frederick Weyer, Master, 
Benjamin L. Conyers, Senior Warden, 
Henry Meyers, Junior Warden, 
James Morris, Treasurer, 
William J. Beckwith, Secretary, 

Henry F. Blackwell, Senior Beacon, 
Christian Mann, Junior Deacon, 
Peter Meyers, \ Stewards> 
Peter Schmell, f 
John Ernest, Tyler. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Dan J. Edgar, 

Bacon, Martin 
Bartlett, Daniel T. 
Crawford, Wm. D. 

Past Masters: 

Henry S. Brooks, 
Egling, Lonis Lampson, Koyal M. 

Follinsbee, Roscoe Love, Rufus K. 
Klattenhoff,Deibrich Mann, John C. 

Charles P. Harris. 

Rodden, William 
Solinsky, C. W. H. 
Taylor, Albert B. 



Palmer, Thomas— 1. Milone, Stephen Palmer, Thomas Severance, Thomas — 3. 
Graham, John Grogan, Peter— 2. 


Folsom, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Arthur E. Hill, Master, 
Jacob Hyman, Senior Warden, 
John A. Odell, Junior Warden, 
Edward Christy, Treasurer, 
Joshua H. Smith, Secretary, 


Augustus G. Dennen, Senior Deacon, 
Christian Ecklon, Junior Beacon. 
A. A. Hammond, Marshal, 
Samuel Kay, ) 

William C. Hawley, \ S^ard; 

Alfred Spinks, 

Frederick Holzinger, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

Benjamin F. Bugbey, 

Bates, Benjamin F. Davis, William 0. 
Bishop, Charles Dean, Samuel R. 

Brown, Henry N. H. Dresser, Jesse 

Burt, John L. Dresser, Wm. W. 

Cleveland, H. Durfee, A. A. 

Cohn Simon Farmer, Edward 

Col well, Augustus Farmer, William 
Comfort, Geo. M. Feneuf. Edward 
Couch, Jesse Gambling, John C. 

dwell, M. L. 

Boyd, Samuel P. Jager, Joseph — 2. 

Hill, Tyler J. 
Johnson, Peter 
Jones ; E. A. 
Keefe, Robert 
Kinsey, John E. 
Knox, William H. 
Lamblet, Francis 
Levy, Edward R. 
Lewis.. Oliver C. 

William Timson. 

Martin, John 
Meredith, James S. 
Palmer, Chas. T. H. 
Perkins, Dana 
Pratt, J. D. 
Quigley, Benj. C. 
Rogers. James M. 
Stamper, Joseph W. 
Woolson, Ezra— 51. 

Sheldou, William W.-l. 

Morris, Robert — 1. 


Becker. Zadock 

Hatch, Moses— 2. 

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Jackson, Amador County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Robert Aitken, Master, 
Mark Levinsky, Senior Warden, 
Henry D. Ford, Junior Warden, 
Robert Cosner, Treasurer, 
John A. Robinson, Secretary, 
Hugh H. Dobbins, Chaplain, 


William Smith, Senior Deacon, 

William B. Sanders, Junior Beacon, 

Moses Brumel, Marshal, 

Elisha C. Palmer, i 

D. B. Spagnoli, \ Awards, 

David Heming, Tyler. 

Michael J. Little, 

Arratta, Antonio 
Axtell, Samuel B. 
Ballard, John H. 
Chilhizoli, August. 
Clements, David 
Coolidge, Walters. 
Dicks, John R. 
Farley, James T. 

Past Masters: 

Mark Levinsky, J. Foot Turner, 

Fullen, John 
Garboriua,Joseph A. 
Harter, Daniel 
Holtz, Peter 
Kay, Wallace 
Laird, Jean 
Levinsky, Louis 
Levy, Samuel 

Mattley, David 
Morgan, Frederick 
Murray, Nelson H. 
Pernolett, Jean 
Raffo, Giovanni 
Reichling, Peter 
Rocco, Francisco 
Samuels, Joseph 

Robert Aitken. 

Sharp, William 
Spagnoli,Sylvtster G. 
Steckler, Charles 
Turner, Helmer C. 
Waldo, Henry L. 
Walther, Otto 
Wehle, Isaac 
Wittnian, Anthony 


Griffith, John M. 

Keeney, Rollin G. 

Page, John D. — 1. 

Stevens, James B.— 3. 
Babcock, Hawley E. — 1. 


Alleghany, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

George W. Perkins, Master, 
Joseph Dunkin, Senior Warden, 
George F. Miller, Junior Warden, 
Samuel X. Hammond, Treasurer, 
John Koutz, Secretary, 

John Rennie, Senior Deacon, 
William A. Hanley, Junior Deacon, 
Clark Kibbe, Marshal, 
Henry Ellery, I steu , ar(ht 

Frederick E. Young, ) 

John H. Shawness, 

Moses S. Harriman, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

James C. Young, 

John Kirkpatrick. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Abbe, George H. 
Bonham, Perry 
Brainerd, Charles 

Cooper, William W. 
Crafts, Samuel S. 
Dierstien, William 
Eastman, Newell B. 

Erskine, William 

Field, George P. 
Gale, Joliri 
Harper, Thomas 
Heath, Frederick P. 
Hughes, William 
Kloecker, Francis B. 

Meany, Nathan H. 
Meily, Emanuel A. 
Miller, Abraham H. 
Riley, William E. 
Ross, John 

Stevens, Orris 
Tesclier, Mathias 
Thompson. James 
Vivian, Johnson 
Webb, James Iff. 
White, Asa P.— 40.' 

Bradbury, John T. Mclntyre, Archibald Pugh, Theophilus— 3. 

Bope, John B. Corbett, Miles S. Gaines, Richard C. Locey,Thos. D. — 1 

Barnes, Stephen E. — 1. 

Meily. Edward P.— 1. Foote, Louis— 1. 


Stockton, San Joaquin County. 

Stated Meetings, fourth Thursday in each month. 


Henry C. Shaw, blaster, 
John Daly, Senior Warden, 

Frederick M. West, Junior Warden, 
William M. Baggs, Treasurer, 

Morris H. Bond, Secretary. James S. Webber 

Thomas Driver, Tyler. 

Emanuel Block, Senior Dear 
George A. McKenzie. Junior JJeacon, 
Thomas Cunningham, Marshal, 
Howard M. Fanning, ) ^^ 

George A. Shurtleff, 
William M. Baggs, 
Valentine M. Peyton. 

Arnold, Frederick 
Barrada, Laurent 
Bauer, Hermann 
Beasley, Charles 
Bertrand. Louis 
Be3'sser. Louis 
Blanchard, Geo. B. 
Blumberg, Werner H 
Burkett, Alexander 
Butler, Charles F. 
Campbell, James 
Choate, Thomas B. 
Clayes, Orlando M, 
Cooper, Calvin S. 

Past Masters : 

Henry C. Shaw, Thomas K. Hook, J. M. Koon, 
James A. Jackson, Henry S. Sargent, James C. Kelly. 

Demand, Adam 
Dorr, William A. 
Dorrance, Henry T. 
Dwelly, George C. 
Eldridge, Sa.nuel 
Elliott, Lyman W. 
. Gage, Orris C, 
Gibson, Wm. T. A. 
Gillingham, Hy. W. 
Gnekow, Rudolph 
Gray, William S. 
Greene, William E. 
Gridley, Reuel C. 

Hawkins, Jacob 
Hedges, Edward R. 
Henderson, Milton P. 
Hickman, Edward 
Hubner, Charles G. 
Hudson, Abijah T. 
Hume, James 
Hussey, John C. 
Ivory, Charh 
Jockers, David 
Kay, Joseph 
Lehe, Eugene 
Lyon, L. Elisha 
Magee, Truman W 

McConkey, Sam'l C. 
McLean, James 
Milco. Nicola 
Nichols. John 
Northey. Thad. W. 
Orr, Nel?on M. 
Overhei?' j r. Wm. L. 
Peyser, Michael 
Phelps. Mortimer 
Ranney, Sullivan 
Roberts. John A. 
Rohrbacher. Philip 
Sargent. J oh 
Scott. Edward 

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Sedgwick, John 
Seldner, Jacob J. 
Smith, Manard 
Stamper, Isaac 
Stevens, Eben S. 

Stockton, Elias A. 
Stoddar, Eben 
Stowell, John 
Swain, Cornelius 

Taylor, E. H. C. 
Uslar, Frank 
Vance, John A. 
Vansyckle, Jas. Bff. 


Webster, J. Bertram 
Wilhoit, Roley E. 
Wilson, Peter F. 
Wilson, Richard M. 


Bargion, Peter Jones, William S. — 2. 

Evans, Charles Morris, Joseph M. Thorndike, Albert Wilson, Thomas A. 

Harris, J. W. Poindexter, Cor. W. — ( 

Lillie, John B. Weaver, Myrteloh A. . Young, William A.— 3. 
Vanderlip, T. D.— 1. 


Marysville, Yuba County. 

Stated Meetings, first Tuesday in each month. 

Amasa W. White, Master, Charles Faulkner, Secretary, 

James Brain, Senior Warden, Wilbur M. Kaig, Chaplain, 

Meyer A. Marcuse, Junior Warden, Atkins C. Bingham, Senior Beacon, 

Richard G. Stanwood, Treasurer, William Jackson, Junior ])eacon y 

Charles Raish, (of Yuba Lodge, No. 39), Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

William C. Belcher, Past Grand Master, William C. Swain, Norman D. Rideout. 

Anthony, Charles V. 
Baker, Timothy 
Barrett, Herndon 
Barrie, John F. 
Belcher, Isaac S. 
Bockius, Charles G. 
Bomatta, C. 
Crane, Lemuel T. 
Decker, Peter 
Dougall, Thomas 
Ellis, Wm. T. 
FitzJames, Henry A. 
Fletcher, William 
Friend, William 
Gazlay, Henry M. 

Goodwin, Hannibal 
Gwynn, William 
Hamilton, Ebenezer 
Hamlin, Norman S. 
Heath, George 
Hicks, William F. 
Hobson, John E. 
Hochstadter, Simon 
Holton, John D. 
Hubbard, C. Van D. 
Hudson, Edward H. 
Hudson, Frank 
Jenkins, George L. 
Keser, Louis 

Knight, David E. 
Lawrence, Wm. L. 
Lindley, Charles 
Marcuse, Marcus 
McCormack, J. A. 
McCormick, Thos. J. 
McDaniel, John 
Miller, Charles 
Murrill, John T. 
Nettleton, Wm. 
North, George 
Payne, Sumner 
Phillips, Joseph 
Plughoff, William 


Prescott, Danforth 
Pollard, Charles P. 
Read, James 
Salisbury, George 
Salladay, Obadiah 
Starr, Abraham D. 
Stone, Dudley C. 
Story, James W. 
Tomb, Jacob 
Traynor, James 
Whitesides,Ninian E. 
Willey, A. W. 
Wimberly, Wm. A. 
Woodrow,Edgar— 68. 

Krebs, Herman — 1. 

Hatch, Francis L. McGowan, Lee— 2. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Hatch, Francis L. McGowan, Lee — 2. 

Kinsey,Mixel — 1. 
Allen, James M. Leland, George EL— 2. 


Yuba City, Sutter County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Samuel H. Ross, Master, ' John Mcllmoil, Senior Beacon, 

Philip W. Keyser, Senior Warden, Joseph X. Bernard, Junior Deacon, 

Thomas Dobbins, Junior Warden, Edmond L. Wright, Marshal, 

Caleb E. Wilcoxon, Treasurer, 
Ransom D. Brown, Secretary, 

Caleb E. Wilcoxon, 
John M. Fronk, 

Barton, Thomas C. 
Bassett, Milton 
Boyd, Thomas D. 
Brim, John W. 
Brim, Thomas 0. 
Brown, John 
Burchard, John L. 
Carpenter, Geo. W. 
Clark, James H. 
Conway, Joseph 
Cooper, Frederick 

Fields, Chas. B. 
Hanson, Daniel A . 

Clark, Moody C. 
Cooper, John G. 

P. J. a. W. 

Richard Barnett, 
Jacob B. Clark, 
Richard Saye, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

James W. Gaither, 
Philip W. Keyser, 


Edmond L. Wright, 
John Mcllmoil. 


Cyrus, Joseph 
Dean, Thomas 
Dinsrnore, Robert 
Dow, Henry W. 
Edwards, James E. 
Fox, Thomas 
Friend, Joseph A. 
Fronk, George M. 
Galbraith, Thos. A. 
Gelzhauser, John 

Gnidery, John 
Harlan, Benjamin F. 
Herrold,Eben"r W. 
Holliday, Trotter 
Hurt, Heniy 
Hutchinson, Samuel 
Kinney, William H. 
Mayfield, Isaac J. 
Myers, George 
Myers, John H. 

Heiken, Henry B. Hobson, Isaac 

Parks, Robert Frank 
Parkhurst. Lorenzo D. 
Parks, William H. 
Richards, James 
Shulte, Henry F. 
Stewart, James S. 
Stinchacum, Sam'l S. 
Stone, Lewis C. 
Thomas, Jefferson M. 
Van Fleet, Geo. W. 

Puofh, Aaron — 5. 

Hicks, Jesse Matterson. Charles Van Yleet, William 

Lindsay, John N. Mitchell. Speed S. —7. 


Tillotson, Harlan— 1. 


Kelsey, Anderson R. McQnaide, Isaac C. Stewart, David D.- ?,. 

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Michigan Bar, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon, 


John D. Perkins, Master, James Jordan, Secretary, 

George W. Heath, Senior Warden, Henry Alderson, Senior Beacon, 

John C. Tubbs, Junior Warden, James Akin, Junior Beacon, 

John M. Hoit, Treasurer, George W. Whitbeck, Tyler. 

Past Master: 

Peter Yager. 
Bane, Edward F. Goldman, Morris McCormack,J.N. Reardon, John 
Baylis, George W. Howell, S. A. Moore, S. B. Rouse, Joseph'W. 

Brown, James M. Kreith, A. F. Prothero, Samuel W. Winegar, Charles 

Dixon, William H. Kutner, Adoplh Rader, John Zumwalt, Joseph S. 

Fitzhenry, Enoch — 26. 


Himebauch, Joseph McKnight, James Sweat, Geo. W.— 3. 


McCormack, J. N.— 1. Bross, Peter Whitbeck, Daniel D— 2. 


Eureka North, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of* or next preceding Full Moon. 


James B. Crooks, Master, Griffith Meredith, Secretary, 

John Scott, Senior Warden, Conrad Schweizer, Senior Beacon, 

William Walker, Junior Warden, Jacob Schweizer, Junior Beacon, 

Henry Backer, Treasurer, Jasper Ingram, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Julius Kinney, Ira A. Goodridge, Calvin L. Hyde. 

Alexander, James Conrad, John Perkins, William Sweet, William 

Alleman, Samuel Kapp, John G. Smith, Thomas Ward, William 

Bushnell, Sidney D. Mulholland, Rob't S. Spanseil, Charles Williams, Richard 


Sheean, James— 1. Merritt, John Reynolds. Thomas— 2. 

Brown, Abbott R. Jackson, Robert M. Kimball, Henry H. Mitchell, David W.— 4. 


210 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Angels, Calaveras County. 

Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon, 


Thomas Deer, Master, James F. Anderson, Secretary, 

James Matson, Senior Warden, William Brown, Senior Beacon, 

B. R. Prince, Junior Warden, Frederick Clark, Junior Deacon, 

John C. Scribner, Treasurer, Benjamin Rasberry, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

William A. Kelly, Thomas Deer. 


Bense, Adolphus Curnow, Joseph M. McCauley, Isaac Try on, George C. 

Cheatham, D. C. Davis, Henry C. Newland, S. T. Wallace, Erastus 

Coddington, Wm. Hardy, George Nicholas, H. Williams, W. S. 

Coon, Benjamin R. Lewis, W. T. Reddick, William Wilcox,Leon C— 25. 


Love, Alex.- -1. Bryce, James T. Curnow, S.— 2. 

Fair, James G. — 1. 
Dickinson, Charles Ward, Philip— 2. 

Currier, Orison V. — 1. 


Petaluma, Sonoma County. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month. 

Oscar V. Walker, Master, John Loranga, Senior Beacon, 

William M. Brown, Senior Warden, J, A. Peyton, Junior Beacon, 

Abraham J. Pierce, Junior Warden, Richard M. Preston, Marshal, 

W. K. Davis, Treasurer, D. Delos Carder, \ s iewar( ji s 

William E. Cox, Secretary, John F. Howard, j 

E. S. Lippett, Chaplain, 

James Singley, (of Arcturus Lodge, No. 180), Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

D. Delos Carder, Erastus H. Gates. 


Anderson, Wm. L. Carlton, Columbus Farley, Francis H. Graham, Thomas, J. 

Baxter, Charles Cavanagh, John Florence, S. C. Gushee, George E. 

Brewster, Calvin Edwards, William Foss, David R. Hamilton,George W. 

Broocke,L. E. Fairbanks, H. T. Goldstein, Henry Hamilton, William 

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flinkle, John B. McGuire, Artemas 

Hovey, George U. S. Merritt, John 
Jay, David Moore, Richard D. 

Johnson, T. J. Morse, Amasa 

Long, Edmund H. Otis, Charles W. 
Mallott, Leonard C. Payran, Stephen 
Manning ,Nathan'l E. Rikert, Theo. F. 

Rochford, Thomas 
Rogers, Alex. W. 
Rugg, William H. 
Selling, John 

Smith, S.J. 
Spencer, Gustavus 
Sroufe, David W. 
Taft, Hiram F. 

Shattuck, Francis W. Von Hollen, George 
Shaver, John Wentworth, John E. 

Shone, Thomas Yeomans, Chas— .59. 

Marshall, Isaac M. Riley, Amps W. Smith, D. S. 

Daniels, Seneca — 1. 
Garrett, A. W. Hartman, John W. 

W. Powell, John 

Speck, J.— 3. 

Cassidy, Samuel 
Cowen, Philip 
Cross, Ira D. 

Garrett, A 
Hartman, John W. 
Morse, James 

Powell, Wm. J. 
Robinson, Luke 

Speck, J. 

Thompson, Jefferson 

Edwards, Uriah— 1. 


San. Andreas, Calaveras County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

James Barclay, Master, Elisha B. Robertson, Senior Deacon, 

William A. Wallace, Senior Warden, 
Peter N. Snyder, Junior Warden, 
Richard W. Russell, Treasurer, 
William F. Colton, Secretary, 

Charles L. Chase, Junior Deacon, 
Gordon E. Sloss, Marshal, 
Arnold Friedberger, 
Thomas A. Box, 


James Barclay, 

Austin, Horace 
Benjamin, Jacob 
Coulter, Aaron H. 
Darnell, Cake B. 
Faville, Charles 

Herman Bode, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

Nelson B. Jenks, Moses Thorpe, 

Orpheus Smith. 

Gorman, James 
Hatch, Charles M. 
Kerns, Joseph 
Lobenstein, Eman. 

Marcel, Millon Thorn, Benjamin K. 

Morse, Chauncey A. Wells, Joseph M. 
Neuman, Paul Young, Jabez R. 

Prag, Conrad Youkin, Charles R. 


Wiggins, Geo. W. — 1. 

Dunning, Henry W.— 1. 

212 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Eureka, Humboldt Comity. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month. 


John A. .Watson, Master, J.M. W. Bobbins, Senior Beacon, 

JohnC. Schmidt, Senior Warden, George K. Heney. Junior Beacon, 

Francis Clendenen, Junior Warden, Louis Schall, | ^fprarls 

Richard W. Brett, Treasurer, James B. Brown, 

David W. Nixon, Secretary, William W. Jones, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Charles W. Long, Silas M. Back, John A. Watson, Obediah S. Silkwood. 

John S. Murray, Richard W. Brett, 


Bigelow, Charles E. Falk, Noah H. Johnston, Charles F. Shaw, Albert 

Brown, Philbro ok Fisher, George Knudson, James Sinclair, Cyrus B. 

Bullock, Nathaniel Gilbert, Albert H. Koenig, Lawrence Stegemier, C. Henrig 

Carson, William Gruen, John Long, John Wentworth, H. B. 

Corey, Luther Hanna, James Lund, L. A. Williams, Robert M. 

Crab tree, Frank Hanna, Wm. P. McLoud, James A. Wymau, Justus L. 

Davis, Horace M. Hansell, Amos Scott, D. C. —41. 


Anderson, Andrew Stephenson, Stephen— 2. 


Barman, Henry Duff, James R. — 2. 


Byrnes, Joel Kenyon, Jacob G. Ladd, Aurelius W. P — 3. 


Schmidt, Louis C. Westmoreland, Charles— 2. 

IONE LODGE, No. 80. 

lone City, Amador County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Manuel C. Parkison. Master, Henry Peck, Senior Beacon, 

Junius Farnsworth, Senior Warden, Frederick Lamb, Junior Beacon, 

Bernhard Isaacs, Junior Warden, Henry Frank Hall, Marshal, 

Inglefeld B. Gregory, Treasurer, William Sutherland, ) ^ ewar ^ Sj 

John W. Surface, Secretary, Charles S. Black, j 

Daniel H. Whitlach, Tyler. 

Past Masters ; 

Robert F. Stevens, Alonzo K. Dudley, James Camming, Manuel 
Junius Farnsworth, 

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Byrnes, James P. Fitzsimmons, John Livermore, James Stevens, James B. 

Clark, Hugh Hartman, John Nurce, Uri Walker, Wm.M. 

Cowen, DeWitt C. Hubbard, Charles J. Richey, William C. Williams,B.S. E.— 26. 

Crabtree, John J. Prouley, Simon Stewart, Daniel Surface, James P.— 4. 

Eagon, John A. Livermore, James — 2. 

Coats, John P. Rutledge, Joseph H. Still, Samuel L. Walker, Samuel N. 

Eagon, John A. Smith, Wm. J. — 6. 

Dosh, Edward— 1. 

YOLO LODGE, No. 81. 

Cache ville, Yolo County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Daniel Schindler, Master, William Wagenhals, Senior Beacon, 

Charles W. Hadley, Senior Warden, Harvey C. Gable, Junior Deacon, 

David P. Diggs, Junior Warden, Walter S. Hazeltine, Marshal, 

Abraham Griffith, Treasurer, Hiram S. Brown, 

John W. Freeman, Secretary, Geo. W. Woodward, 

George Snodgrass, Tyler. 


Alexander H. Willard, Jr., 

Past Masters : 

James A. Hutton, 


Anderson, Robert Dodson, Thomas H. Hoffman, Augustus 

Aucker, Robert Dutton, James M. Hulbert, D. B. 

Babcock, Leonard Geary, George G. Lemieux, Paul 

Clark, Noble Gotwalls, Conrad Moses, Edward R. 

Cramer, Lewis Hannam, Warren W. Nixon, John B. 

Dennis, Benjamin Harris, Thaddeus S. Pace, John L. 

George W. Park. 

Rodolph, Francis B. 
Rodolph, Godfrey 
Sill, Giles E. 
Trace, Daniel 
White, Charles S. 
Woodward, Wm. W. 


Adams, D. Q. 

Brown, J. W.— 2. 

Bandy, James 

Abbey, John A. 

Howard, Stephen A. Munroe, W. S 

Deubel, Louis G. 
Merritt, Hiram W. Price, John S. 

Stephens, John D 

Tebbs, Lil E.— 3. 

Tadlock, E. 
Tutt, John S.- 

214 Beturiis of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Forest Hill, Placer County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Ambrose H. Cowden, Master, Richard Cox, Senior Deacon , 

John Allen, Senior Warden, William Krvsher, Junior Deacon, 

, Junior Warden, Joel F. Smith, Marshal, 

Simeon S. Willard, Treasurer, Adolph Fast, | 

Asahel Huntley, Secretary, John L. Davis. \ 

Francis W. Allen, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

John W. Harville, P. S. G. W. J. Russell Glover. 

Acker, Edward M. Fagan, Pierce B. Longworth, William Powell, Peyton 
Allen, Erskim Goff, Abner W. Manse, Mathew Read, Albert G. 

Binninger, Louis Hatch, John McCluer, Samuel Sanborn, John L. 

Carter, John F. Henson, Wm. T. McCluer, William Shields, William S. 

Cobb, Anselm H. Hosmer, Daniel M. McGuire, Wm. B. Soule, Kendrick B. 
Cravens, Robert 0. Hosmer, Thomas X. Mclntire, William Tubbs, Martin B. 
Crumpton, Hez : h J. Johnson, Otto Middleton. Joseph T. Worsburge, Louis 

Dewey, Charles H. Jones, John D. Miller, Elbridge White, Walter R. 

Earl, William .Larabee, Samuel A. Nelson, Edward P. Williams, Richard 

Evins, Nelson G. Lind, Charles Parkhurst, Piussell Yapp, Fred. G.— -52. 


Johnson, If. — 1. Henson, William T.— 1. 


Bennett, Joshua Flye, George H. Gunsell, John H. Miner, John M. — i 


Comer, John H. Hemsley, John— 2. 


Red Bluff, Tehama County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Silas W. Kenney, Master, George F. Morris, Senior Deacon, 

Nathaniel Merrill, Senior Warden, Louis H. Albright, Junior Deacon, 

Martin S. Wadsworth, Junior Warden, John W. Phillips, Marshal, 

Henry C. Richart, Treasurer, 0. H. Collins, 

Remembrance H. Campbell, Secretary, Reiser Ellis, 

Valentine Rightmyer, Chaplain, Charles D. Woodman, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Jacob Granville Doll, William B. Parker, Peter B. Nagle, W. D. Olendorff. 

[ Stewards, 

inHman Tiller. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Ayres, Irwin 
Ballard, Curtis D. 
Bates, John 
Bettis, Ransom S. 
Bierce, Roderick H. 
Bishop, Samuel M. 
Boice, T. C. 
Brown, Martin V. 
Brownstein, Jacob 
Cameron, James S. 
Chandler, M. L. 
Collins, Henry 

Allen, Stephen H. 

Cone, Joseph S. 
CopelandjHosmer C. 
Cressler, William T. 
DeHaven, Johia S. 
Dexter, Andrew J. 
Downey, George W. 
Dreiling, Joseph 
Elkins, Henry M. 
Frank, Samuel F. 
Gilman, S. S. 
Hale, John S. 
Healey, Lucian B. 

Hoag, George W. 
Jackson, Alex. B. 
Johnson, Owen R. 
Kelley, Lynian A. 
Lewi?, Edward J. 
Loomis, Adoniram J. 
Mason, William J. 
Matlock, David 
Mauler, Chas. W. D. 
McQuillan, Robert 
Miller, Franck 
Misch, Meyer 

Neel, Barnet 
Newman, Michael R. 
Norman, Theodere 
Roley, James C. 
Ross, George 
Scott, Gabriel M. 
Shell, John, Jr. 
Smith, Joseph 
Vestal, Alexander 
Vestal, Frank A. 
Vestal, George— §3. 

Eiler, Peter Kaufman, Augustus A. * Ryan, Thomas R. 


Forsting, Lester W. 

Hanscomb, Henry D. — 2. 


Mention, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, second Saturday in each month. 


George Goodman, Senior Deacon, 

Jonathan Edmondson, Master, 
Henry Ormsbee, Senior Warden 
Daniel B. Solis, Junior Warden, 
Robert K. Claiborne, Treasurer, 
Thomas W. Easton, Secretary, 

Gabriel Wentz, Junior Deacon, 
Edward F. Taylor, Marshal, 
Seth Loveless, > ste .,. ards , 

Michael Hermann, j 
George Dywalt, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Jonathan Edmondson, James W. Reppey. 

Cooledge, Cyrus H. Dunn, Joseph M. Head, James R. Smith, Marshal— 19. 

Cooledge, Sabine Evison, Ole Lupton, Joel C. 

Little, Jackson — 1. 
Clark, George Malone, George W.— 2 . 

Gibson, Patrick— 1. 

Smith, Thomas J. — 1. 

* Permission given to receive remaining degrees in Molino Lodge, No. 150. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Saint Louis, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Oliver H. Williams, Master, John Burman, Senior Beacon, 

Elias Anderson, Senior Warden, Charles Smith, Junior Deacon, 

Edmund Danforth, Junior Warden, Thomas Hayes, Marshal, 

William Stahl, Treasurer, Charles W. Handel 

Benjamin J. Sammons / Secretary, Alexander Carmichael 

Charles Fraler, Tyler. 



Joel Eveland, 
Alemby Jump, 

Atkinson, Wm. E. 
Barker, Benjamin 
Bauer, Michael 
Bennett, John M. 
Bomb, Peter A. 
Brennan, T. J. 
Brown, Wm. A. 

Past Masters : 

Henry Jenkins, James C. McFarlane 

Ermalinger, Caspar Lewis, James 
Garcia, Francisco Lyson: 
Gould, Charles 
Grant, Alexander 
Graves, Sewell F. 
Hathaway, Jos. B. 
Howe, A. J. 

Chittenden,Henry H. Jacobs, John J. 
Collins, J. B. Jacobs, Michael 


McCain, James H. 

McClure, William 

McCrory, Seneca 

Meade, Joseph T. 

Miller, William G. 

Morgan, Wm. R. 

Norton, Arthur M. 

Cox, George W. Jenkins, John West Pender, Wm. K. 

Descombes, Francis Jones, Austin 
Dunn, John Kline, Jacob 

Scott, Andrew 
Scott, Wm. A. 

Engler, Louis Lawson, Andrew G. Shearer, John 

Armer, Morris Breithaup, Fred. G. Ingram, William 

Cameron, E. W. Downer, Joseph W. King, E. W. 

Benjamin J. Sammons. 

Small, Jacob 
Stover, John E. 
Taylor, George W. 
Taylor, Thomas H. 
Wallis, R. P. 
Weeks, George 
Weir, Hiram G. 
Whitehead, Adolph 
Whitebread, Wm. C. 
Wilkinson, John 
Williams, Stephen 
Wyckoff,AlvyF.— 6G. 

Lanver, Joseph^?. 

Gourley, F. A. Schott, Conrad Ward, Charles— 3. 


Vallejo, Solano County. 

Stated Meetings, third Thursday in each month. 


Charles A. Kidder, Master, 
Alexander H. Hichborn, Senior Warden, 
James Brownlie, Junior Warden, 
Eben Hilton, Treasurer, 
George W. Simonton, Secretary, 

Albert P. Voorhees, Senior Beacon, 
Alfred H. Gunning, Junior Beacon, 
Orrington L. Henderson, ' 
Edward G. Haynes, 
Henry Dexter, Tyler. 

- Stewards, 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Abraham Powell, 
Isaac M. Rutan, 

Abbott, JohnE. 
Adams, John Q. 
Aspenall, William 
Baker, Sanford C. 
Benas, Renjaniin 
Bell, John 
Bond, Jonathan 
Browne, John M. 
Brownlie, John 
Bruce, Henry 
Bycroft, Thomas B. 
Carter, James 
Carter, William 
Chesebro,Erastus F. 
Crowley, Thomas 
Cryan, Thomas 
Daley, Charles 
Daly, Robert H. 
Demming, John F. 
Denmon, George C. 
Drake, Frank 

Past Masters: 

Joseph L. Likens, Philip Hichborn, George F. Mallett. 
Peter D. Grimes, Jas. H. K. Barbour, 

Dwier, George F. 
Dyer, Columbus 
Edgcomb, Jos. C. 
Falls, Robert J. 
Finnell, John 
Fisher, William 
Ford, Henry J. 
Forrester, Edwin H. 
Frisbie, Eleazer 
Frisby, Wm. E. 
Gamble, John L. 
Gray, George 
Guffey, Alexander 
Hall, Henry K. 
Hall, James W. 
Hallin, Christian 
Hamell, Julius 
Harrington, Daniel 
Hartwell, Seth E. 
Heinz, Louis C. F. 
Higson, Frederick 


Hilton, Nathaniel G 
Hodgkins,Edward A 
Hogan, James R. 
Housley, Joseph W. 
Jones, William D. 
King, John L. 
McDonald, Edwin H 
McKay, James 
Miller, George H. 
Miller, Peter B. 
Miller, Rudolph 
Moden, Errick G. 
Moran, Owen 
Morse, Charles A. 
Myers, Mattison 
O'Brian, Edward W. 
Palmer, Edward P. 
Perry, Edward 
Pettis, William H. 
Plaisted, George P. 
Porter, Thomas A. 

Richart, George B. 
. Rideout, Alfred T. 
Root, William C. 
Rounds, George C. 
Skinner, William W. 
Snow, Harvey W. 
Snow, Hiram K. 
Soanes, Henry S. 
Spotts, James H. 
Stark, Theodore C. 
Starr, Edward, F. 
Stringham, Ed, Y. 
Thompson, John 
Titcomb, John L. 
Toothaker, Harvey P. 
Topeley, James 
Tripp, William H. 
Washburne, Job K. 
Wood, George 
Woods, George W. 



Bell, Herbert B.— 1. 


Ammerup, Gustavus Fisher, Simon Harrier, Daniel W.— 3. 

Cushman, C. S. Elliott, James Mc. C. Parker, William A.— 3. 

Lee, John— 1. 


Moore's Flat, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 


Daniel Boody, Master, Samuel Caldwell, Senior Deacon, 

James Reid, Senior Warden, George Edwards, Junior Deacon, 

William C. Clark, Junior Warden, James McCormick, Marshal, 

Henry Schoenberg, Treasure, William Pryde, [ Stewards 

Thorton A. Slicer, Secretary, Henry Atwater, 

Charles Bottomly, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Samuel B. Hickman, John Caldwell, Solomon L. Blackwell, Daniel Boody 
Stephen B. Blakeslee, 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Bush, Squire 
Cowger. John B. 
Dicksen, Joseph G 
Feick, George 
Plaas, Breden 
Hardy, E. T. 

Redington, James — 1 


Harrison, Henry S. Long, William D. 
Hathaway, Frank M. McLain, Calvin 
Holland, J. L. McNulty, Henry 

Huff, William Morrow, Wash. R. 

Kayser, Marcus Nelson, John 

Levinsohn, Isidor Rasmussen, Peter 

Singleton, Michael A. 
Stilck, Henry 
Tewis, Henry C. 
Vierow, Alfred 
Webster, George W T . 


Guadelup, Lopez de Barturi — 1. 


Coleman, John W. C. Johansen, Lud. M. Pease, Sanford 0. Ruddell, Geo. P. 

Davis, Charles A. _5. 


Fancher, Ira Joslyn, Denslow— 2. 


Smartsville, Ynba County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Joseph A. Flint, Master, 
Reuben Davis, Senior Warden, 
William Carpenter, Junior Warden, 
John F. McNutt, Treasurer, 

James Dezell, Secretary, 
Joseph W. Taylor, Senior Beacon, 
Charles C. Duhain, Junior Beacon, 
George C. Eaton, Tyler. 

Samuel J. S. Rogers, 

Past Masters : 

James K. Smith, 

Joseph W. Taylor. 


Aubry,A. E. ' England, Carson McAllis, John Taylor, James W. 

Clark, Levi B. Gordon, James S. Myers, Charles W. Taylor, John N. 

Brown, David Hogarth, Henry Pierce, James P. Washburn, W. D, 

Dickeman, S H. Huffman, H. J. Slingsby, William Widner, Russell M. 

Edwards, John Manasco, Carlton W. Taylor, Charles L. Woods, James — 30. 


Fitzpatrick. Peter Monk, James — 2. 


Coleman, Milton Davenport, Samuel B. Davey, John Patton, John — i. 

Taylor, Benj.K.— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Fort Jones, Siskiyou. County. 

Staled Meetings, second Saturday in each month. 

Hiram M. Morse, Master, Isaac Roberts, Senior Beacon, 

Elton T. Bailey, Senior Warden, Edmund Bean, Junior Deacon, 

Andrew J. Starling, Junior Warden, Horace W. Sullivan, Marshal, 

Alexander Owens, Treasurer, David Horn, 

Alexander P. McCarton, Secretary, James M. Trimble, j 

Louis LaCroix, Tyler. 


Past Masters : 

Daniel Ream, 

Francis E. Ensign, Alex. P. McCarton, Israel S. Mathews. 


Brown, Edward D. Hammond, Chas. F. Qnigley, John 

Calhoun, David R. 
Fairchild, John A. 
Forbes, Jotham T. 
Gamble, Richard B. 
Glendinning, Wm. 

Heard, George W. 
Hoag, J. C. 
Johnson, Andrew L. 
Luttrell, John K. 
Moxley, John T. 

Rosenberg, Morris 
Shelly, W. D. 
Short, John 
Slater, Michael 

Thornbury, Caleb N. 
Tompkins, Willis B. 
Tull, Virgil 
Wilson, Hiram 

Sutherland, James — 1. 
Barber, Geo. W. Green, Clement C. Roberts, Isaac Thurber, Henry — 4. 

Barber, Geo. W. Erlandsen, Iver Green, Clement C. Thurber, Henry — 5. 

Day, Elisha 


Colo ma, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Andrew J. Christie, Master, Albert L. Goodenow, Senior Beacon, 

Andrew J/Kennedy, Senior Warden, Adolph Koehler, Junior Beacon, 

Joseph Levy, Junior Warden, Charles Grauer, \ Qf pwara - S 

Robert Bell, Treasurer, 
Paul Mitchell, Secretary, 

Albert W. Callum, 

Charles Grauer, 
James W. Annable, 
Daniel Teuscher, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Robert Chalmers. 

master masons : 

Benjamin, D. W. C. Hackler, John P. Newell, Hugh B. Segar, David 

Breese, Thomas W. Hertel, Chas. A. E. Nuss, George Shields, Michael 

Covey, Benjamin Levy, Herman Othick, William D. Stock, Wenzel 

Grover, Melvin L. Lohry, Adam Pelton, Stephen Winters, John— 27. 

220 Beturns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Heterlie, John Poteet, Thomas J.— 2. Seely, Joseph W.—l. 

Chalmers, Alexander Maxey, Jesse B. Moesoner, Christop'r F. Seeley, Jos. W. 


Saint Helena, Napa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John H. Allison, Master, John W. Clark, Secretary, 

J. R. Wright, Senior Warden, Frank D. Everts, Senior Beacon, 

Leopold Lazarus, Junior Warden , David Galewsky, Junior Beacon, 

Dunsdill B. Carver, Treasurer, G. S. Chrisman, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Frank D. Everts, Edward L. Levey. 

Baldridge, William Dimmick, Clar. A. Hopkins, L. H. Vane, J. S. 

Biirtnett, Peter Hanson, William Mecklenberg,Joseph Wilson, James 

Bryant, W. S. Hargrave, William Spriggs, J. M. Wright, J. M. 

Cleghorn, John Hoover, John Strode, Samuel E. York, E. M. — 25. 


Bradbury, Wm. H. Tucker, Bird— 2. Anderson, W. E.— 1. 

Levey, Edward L. Vaun, J. S. — 2. 

Comers, G. S. Garnett, Richard Townsend, Thomas B. Walters, James— 5. 
Evey, Edward 


Dixon, H. H.— 1. 


Sntter Creek, Amador County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Thomas Dunlap, Master t James S. Pratt, Senior Beacon, 

Kinsey F. Marr, Senior Warden, Eobert Cowles, Junior Beacon, 

Charles H. Peterson, Junior Warden, Henry M. Fiske, Marshal, 

Daniel Myers, Treasurer, Vincent Lutnesky, ) $t ewar d St 

George Newman, Secretary, Alexander C. Joy, S 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Past Masters : 

Alvinza Hayward, P. J. G. W. Henry M. Fiske. 

Brinn, Morris 
Brown, William H. 
Burke, Thomas J. 
Comstock, Asa C. 
Cook, Philermon 
Culbert, Thomas L. 
Davidson, Wm. F. 
Deacon, Hiram 

Downs, Wm. W. 
Ellis, Volney E. 
fagan, Peter 
Gannon.Lawrence J. 
Goodson, William P. 
Grundry, Joseph 
Hunter, James G. 
*Johnini, Jacob 

Keyes, John 
Manon, Samuel S. 
Masstretto, Angelo 
Mullen, Patrick 
Pendleton, Benj. F. 
Phipps, John A. 
Post, John M. 

Poundstone, Lau. P. 
Rodgers, Thomas 
Rolfe, 0. D. 
Rose, Albert H. 
Styles, George W. 
Tibbitts, Francis 
Vance, Richard 
Weil, Aaron — 44. 

Bastian, James Bennett, William Rudersdoiff, William Shrontz, Barrett L. — 4. 

Afflick, Edward Wildman, Wm. T.— 2. 


Yreka, Sickly on County. 

Stated Meetings, second Monday in each month. 

John M. Wallbridge, Master, 
George Simmons, Senior Warden, 
James Vauce, Junior Warden, 
William McConnell, Treasurer, 
Edgar W. Potter, Secretary, 


George H. Knights, Senior Deacon, 
Mitchell A. Brown, Junior Beacon, 
Lorenzo D. Ladd, Marshal, 
Jurgen Osterman, 
Andrew J. Fabricius, 


Wm. S. R. Taylor, 
Edgar W. Potter, 

Acuff, Joseph C. 
Autenreith, Lewis 
Bisbee, William 
Brannan, Thomas 
Burgess, John C. 
Carrick, Elijah 
Crooks, Andrew D. 
Crum, Jacob S. 

Albert V. Burns, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

Franklin A. Rogers, David Ream, 
Gilbert Lanphier 

James DeWi^t. 

Doten, Josiah W. 
Gordon, Daniel 
Groat, Abner 
Hamburger, Max 
Haserick, Anton 
Jackson, Andrew 
Jones, John J. 
Ketchum, Lewis M. 


Lasource, Edmund Seldner, Philip 
Lytle, James A. Smith, Benj. F. 

McGillivray, John Smith, Charles D. 
Pape, Henry. Smith, John P. 

Phillips, Marcus Steward, Samuel J. 

Rainous, Francis M. Wadsworth, Henry 
Riley, Francis Whittier,JohnT.— 47. 


Brown, Albert R. — 1. 

Pruett, James H. — 1. 


Dye,Dantel— 1. 

* Returned last year as Jacob Gianini. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


JjSl Porte, Plumas County. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Benjamin W. Barnes, Master, John R. Robinson, Senior Beacon, 

John M. Mussey, Senior Warden, Charles H. Shaw, Junior Deacon, 

John P. Lloyd, Junior Warden, 
Alexander H. Crew, Treasurer, 
Dixon Brabban, Secretary. 

Benjamin F. Baker, Marshal, 
Owen H. Evans 
Richard J. Lewis 

„ [ 


Errick Lundquist, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

Maxwell G. Hill, 

John R. Robinson. 


Barnhart, A. J. Jacobs, Wolf Lawrence, George 

Clough,GreenleafG. Kendall, Wm. B. Mullen, Nathaniel B. 

Conley,John Kidder, Roscoe D. Peck, Albert M. 

Evans, John N. Kleckner, Abram Pike, James M. 

Hart, Anthony H. Kleckner, Amandes Roberts, James L. 
House, James C. Lane, John 

Ruppert, Charles 
Russell, Palmer H. 
Shaw, Roscoe G. 
Somes, James 
Thomas, John H. 



Babcock, Enoch R, — 1. Vanderlip, Edward — 1. 

Bryant, Edwin J. Hill, William H. Yanderlip, Edward Vaughn, Levi S. — 6. 

Haymond. Creed McRae, James 

drivers, T;iomas Hayden, Jacob S. Langley, Miles Wash, Robert L.— 4. 

Stewart, Joseph G. — 1. 


Honiitos, Mariposa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next succeeding Full Moon. 


Alfred W. Clough, Master, William A. Grade, Senior Beacon, 

Samuel W, Carr, Senior Warden, Thomas Wark, Junior Beacon, 

William Adams, Junior Warden, Alexander McElroy, Marshal, 

Emile Olivia, Treasurer, Joseph Spagnola, \ 

Samuel C. Bates, Secretary, Matthew 0. Barber, >• Steward8 > 

Jean Martin, Tyler. 

Past Masters s 

Alexander McElroy, William Irvin, Robert R. Givens, Alfred W. Clough. 
Samuel W. Carr. 

Grand Lodge of California. 

Amy, /Victor 
Ardizzi, Benedito 
Bailey, Nath'l A. 
Blackburn, Jas. W. 
Blackaway, Chas.H. 
Brownfield ,SenecaG 
Cassell, John F. 
Castignetto ,Barthol. 
Clark, John F. 

Conneau, Ernest 
Cunningham, James 
De Silver, Manuel 
Floyd, William B. 

Gill, William 

.Jauchius, BennoW. 
Jones, Jacob Y. 
Kirkpatrick, DavidS.. 
Kirkwood, James 

Lepetich, George 
Martin, Louis J. 
Merck, Charles 
Newman, Maurice 
Olcese, Andrew 
Oppenheim, Bern. 
Palmer, Thomas R. 
Pool, David M. 


Sharp, L. Orrin 
Smallwood, Porter B. 
Thomas, James 
Thompson, Fred. N. 
Throbe, Chris. 
Welch, Peyton Y. 
White, James R. 
Williams, Henry— 48. 

Schoenfeld, Solomon 


Simon, Ernst 

Tichenal, Wm. H.— 2. 



Brower, George N. * Burnett. Thomas S. — 2. 
Jackson, W. W. Ross, Luther J.— 2. 


Poupion, Victor — 1. 


Ltst Grange, Stanislaus County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Thomas Johnson, Senior Deacon, 

Frederick Becker, Master, 
William Floto, Senior Warden, 
John Reedy, Junior Warden, 
Frederick Lebright, Treasurer, 
Reuben T. Davis, Secretary, 

William Fltzhugh, Junior Deacon, 
J. D. Morley, ) 

James J. Dickinson, \ Stewards, 
Elijah Stripling, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 
Frederick Lebright, Frederick Becker, George Buck. 

Morton, James Rose, Henry C. Young, William J. 

Rochell, William L. Simons, Simon I. — 19 

Bixby, John 
Dean, Ira 
James, Henry G. 


Barham, J. H. — 1. 


Delany, Patrick H. Elkins,Abiel May, Ruffin C- 


Beard, E. B. Hardwick, Wm. J.— 2. 

* Permission given to receive remaining degrees in Abell Lodge, No. 146. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Campo Seco, Calaveras County . 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Hiram A. Messenger, Master, 
James Creighton, Senior Warden, 

Junior Warden, 

William Wooley, Treasurer, 
William Woolsey, Secretary, 

Anthony Anderson, Senior Deacon, 

James W. Westcott, Junior Deacon, 

Ozro D. Dyke, Marshal, 

Daniel Mehrtens, ) , 7 

. ' I Stewards, 
Geo.F. Harrington, j 

Brown, Edward M. 
Conrad, George A. 
Cook, William 
Cowdry, Isaac B. 
Douglass, Norvall 
Gifford, Miles H. 

Andrews, John 

L. C. Richardson, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Erastus N. Foote, Hiram A. Messenger, 

Hinckley, Joseph J. Lee, Andrew 
Holman, Isaac N. O'Hare, Thomas 
Hunt, Daniel Paul, Robert H. 

Jarvis, Smith Rosenberg, Louis 

Klaening, C. Henry Sabin, Volney B. 

Syme, Elias R. 
Van Sickle, Thomas 
Weithoff, William 
Whetstone, Wm. C. 
Wilkins, John— 32. 

Barnard, Stephen Gifford, Eli B. 

Lane, Daniel L — 1. 

Russwurm, Francis E. — 1. 

Kelly, James C- 

CLAY LODGE, No. 101. 

Dutch Flat, Placer Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Nathan W. Blanchard, Master, Robert Gifford, Senior Deacon, 

William K. White, Senior Warden, J. A. Stone, Junior Deacon, 

Alexander G. Oliver, Junior Warden, Benjamin Floyd, ) 

Elisha L. Bradley, Treasurer, B. H. Josink, J stewards > 

Isaac T. Coffin, Secretary, Jacob Molter, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Benjamin F. Moore, Thomas Pattinson, Isaac T. Coffin, Nathan W. Blanchard. 
Samuel B. Harriman, Jehoiakim Jones, 

Anderson, Thomas 
Bennett, Christophei 
Cloudman, 0. K. 
Curren, Valentine 
Davidson, Geo. H. 
Doan, Latimer E. 
Endean, William 

Fiddler, Wm. K. King, Thornton 
Gardner, Melvin S. 
Holmes, James 
Huse, John J. 
Huysink, Bernard 
Keeler, Wm. H. 

Kopp, Charles M. 
Kruger, Wm. H. 
LaKamp, John H. 
McMullen, Samuel 
Moore, Sylvester D. 

Kelsey, Henry C. Nichols, Thomas J. 

Rose, David 
Simons, Henry 
Smith, Robert 
Spaulding,LoreuzoK . 
Thomas, John Y. 
Wentworth, Thos. B. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Wicks, Alex.— 1. Curren, Valentine Pedler, J. N.— 2. 

Beamer, Sheila Heyman, Solomon Schiveley, Albert R. Pedler, J. N.— 6. 

Cadwalader, Chas. Seffens, Charles 

Hubbard, Joseph— 1. 


North San Juan, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Joseph B. Cooke, Master, 
John S. McBride, Senior Warden, 
Frank N. Morris, Junior Warden, 
James H. Moore, Treasurer, 
Patrick H. Butler, Secretary, 


James Chisholm, Senior Beacon, 
Junior Beacon, 

John A. Seely, Marshal, 
William M. Davis, } 
James Sharp, j Rewards, 
William B. Noblett, Tyler. 

Joseph Cook, 

Abbott, Charles A. 
Abrahams, Lewis 
Amsbury, Calvin 
Barger, William F. 
Beard, James E. 
Bell, Vincent G. 
Buhring, Louis 
Burnett, Charles 
Cadwallader, Niram 
Callagan, Samuel 
Carmichael, John 
Chapman, Martin V. 
Cull, Henry 
Cull, Richard C. 
Cunard, James H. 

Abbey, Richard 
Baertsch, Christian 

Past Masters : 

Evariste Franchere, 


Denniston, Alex. 
Dickson, Joseph M. 
Dunning, William 
Fitter, John 
Freeman, Thomas 
Furth, Jacob 
Furth, Simon 
Gitchell, Hiram 
Hadley, John 
Harris, Elias B. 
Henry, William 
Hillard, Samuel R. 
Housell, Christian 
Inder, J. S. 

Jones, William A. 
Kinney, Henry L. 
Macklin, Henry 
McBrown, John 
McCoy, John 
McDonald, And. J. 
Mcintosh, Alex. 
Mitten, John 
Morgan, Jenkins 
Morris, James D. 
Pollard, Charles J. 
Powell, Alfred 
Powell, Sidney 
Rankin, Donald 

John B. Hunter. 

Rich, Henry H. 
Rosendale, Otto E. 
Schott, Uriel B. 
Smith, Francis 
Spooner, George C. 
Stott, James 
Swan, Anson B. 
Treanor, James M. 
Trood, William 
Tucker, Joseph B, 
Wagar, William D. 
Westerfield, Wm. J. 
White, Elon 
Wickes, Jas. E— 70. 


Gobert, Louis Peterson, James H. 

Hasting, John — 1. 

Seffens, Charles— 5. 



Beturns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Oroville, Butte County. 

Stated Meetings, last Saturday in each month. 

George C. Perkins, Master, 

William L. Armstrong, Senior Warden, 

Charles Burroughs, Junior Warden, 

Samuel Ostroski, Treasurer, 

Jarius B. Thomas, Secretary, 


Alfred E. Layson, Chaplain, 
James M. Vance, Senior Beacon, 
George Shear, Junior Deacon, 
Max Brooks, Organist, 
William Edmonds, Tyler. 

Daniel Jewett, 
George C. Perkins, 

Atherton, Robert 
Bates, Charles 
Becker, P. J. 
Bliss, Wm. Y. 
Bowden, F. J. 
Braselton, E. 
Bromberger, Simon 
Burroughs, William 
Byler, E. M. 
Chapman, James 
Clark, N. W. 
Curnow, Wm. W. 
Davis, E. J. 

Past Masters : 

Elijah S. Ruggles, Isaac Upham, 

Dyer, George W. 
Faulkner, George 
Faulkner, Thomas 
Frieslebien, Dan'l N. 
Gallinger, A. B. 
Goodday, L. 
Groensner, Dan'l W. 
Grubbs, Richard C. 
Halstead, E. A. 
Hendricks,Thomas P 
Hutton, William D. 
Jenkins, Thomas J. 
Johnson, Thomas 

McBeth, James 
McBeth, John 
McQuaid, 0. J. 
McWhinney, J. N. 
Morgan, Watkin 
Mullen, Samuel 
Nantz, Benj. F. 
Nelson, A. D. 
Parks, James V. 
.Portman, Joseph 
Reim, P. Wm. 
Rigsby, George E. 

James M. Vance. 

Ruby, J. C. 
Rumley, H. D. 
Rutherford, James 
Snow, L. A. 
Sparks, Eben M. 
Stevenson, Benj. F. 
Vanfawsen, Thos. E. 
Warren, C. G. 
Wilcox, Charles H. 
Young, Henry G. 
Young, JohnC. 
Young, S. D.-63. 

Clanton, James M — 1. 

Posey, Lewis Whitteer, Merrill— 2. 

Dyer, Hamden J. Hamell, Julian Stewart, I. J. Wright, Albert — 4. 

Funston, James— 1. 
Forkney, Alex. B. Foss, John R. Rothrick, George — 3. 


El Monte, I^os Angeles Comity. 

Stated Meetings, third Saturday in each month. 


Francis P. F. Temple, Master, 
James L. Davis, Senior Warden, 
James N. Cecil, Junior Warden, 
Jacob Well, Treasurer, 

William T. Martin, K Secretary, 
James N. Glenn, Senior Deacon, 
John W. Broaded, Junior Deacon, 
Abner B. McDaniel, Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Thomas A. Mayes, 

Past Masters ; 

Richard C. Fryer, 

Francis P. F. Temple. 

Adams, F. E. Gray, J. H. 

Barnes, J. C. Green, L. D. 

Beardslee,Nehemiah Houston, Robert 

Bettis, Elijah 
Brite, John M. 
Downs, Frank E 
Ellis, Asa 
Fryer, John W. 

Jones, W. L. 
Lambourn, Frederick 
Martin, Wm. C. 
Maxey, W. W. 
Mayes, Robert H. 
Parrish, E. C— 1. 

Penfold, Peter 
Penfold, Stephen 
Reed, John 
Rowland, Wm. R. 
Rubottom, James D. 
Rubottom, Wm. W. 

Standefer, W. R. 
Swigart, Thomas C. 
Tungate, Bailey H. 
Tyler, Edmund B. 
Tyler, M. F. 
Wiggins, Thomas J. 

Shackelford, Richard Workman, Wm. — 40. 
Shur, Louis 


Armstrong, George C. — 1. 

Dosher, John— 1. 


Henley, Siskiyou County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Isaac H. Ellis, Secretary, 
John E. Crawford, Senior Beacon, 
Albert Blaske, Junior Deacon, 
Orville Shaft, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Samuel S. Williams, John S. Eubanks. 

Fox, James W. Saixilld, John Shattuck, Silas Smith, Levias— 15. 

Morgan, Evan 

Horton, L. Gerard Jacobs, James N. Mullison, William Pipes, Morgan — 4. 

Edward Donhegy, Master, 
John V. Brown, Senior Warden, 
George W. Holt, Junior Warden, 
John S. Eubanks, Treasurer, 

John Bartol, 

ARC ATA LODGE, No. 106. 

Areata, Humboldt County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month, 

Byron Deming, Master, John S. Thompson, Senior Beacon, 

tsaac Culberg, Senior Warden, Seth J. Arkles, Junior Beacon, 

George C. Bowen, Junior Warden, Richard B. Cave, Marshal, 

3ubbard S. Daniels, Treasurer, B. Marxsen, \ 

Joseph Greenebaum, Secretary, William Murphy, \ Stewards, 

James Kemp, Tyler. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Booth, Charles 
Brown, Thomas M. 
Carey, John T. 
Dodge, Eliphalet 

Bull, John C, Sr. 
Ferrill, John D. 

Past Master : 

Byron Deming. 
Hale, Edward Nixon, William Thompson, George 

Jacoby, Augustus Ousley, George W. Webster, Wm. H. 
Murdock, Albert H. Schindler, W. F. R. Woodward, Chesley 
Newman, William — 25. 

, Francis W. Newkirk, Isaac J. Norton, Sylvanus— 5. 


Garrote, Tuolumne County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John W. Fuqua, Secretary, 
Edward T. Harper, Senior Beacon, 
Winslow Hubbard, Junior Beacon, 
Henry Gundry, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Winslow Hubbard, 
Keith, John W. Sevey, David G. 
Davey, John Stribley, Henry — 2. 

Heinold, Leonard Muller, Eugene— 2. 


Wilson, John— 1. Angelopulo, P. H. Wilson, John— 2. 

John K. Underwood, Master, 
John A. Gray, Senior Warden, 
Lio Stewart, Junior Warden, 
James Tannehill, Treasurer, 

Edward T. Harper, 
Johnston, William 

John W. Fuqua. 

Stewart, William C— 12. 

OWEN LODGE No. 108. 

Scott's Bar, Siskiyou Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

John Marfield, Master, Warren G. Holmes, Senior Beacon, 

Antoine P. Lannes, Senior Warden, Elisha Jacobs. Junior Beacon, 

Green A. Hicks, Junior Warden, William Shores, Marshal, 

William Reinwald, Treasurer, Benjamin Jacobs, / 

Joseph B. Leduc, Secretary, Augustus Meamber, ) 

James H. Lindsey, Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 229 

Past Masters : 

Benjamin Jacobs, John Marfield. 

Coindreau, Michael Goodale, Oliver W. Moore, David Tickner, Henry C. 

Edris, William Holden, John A. O'Connell, Daniel S. Townsend, George 

Garetson, Job Isaac, John Rogers, William M. Travelli, Charles — 26. 

Gibson, William McKinny, H S. Simon, Sigmund 

Pool, William P. Reed, Henry— 2. 


Omega, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Marion Cannon, Master, William H. Sanders, Senior Deacon, 

Hugh Halligan, Senior Warden, Harmon Horn, Junior Beacon, 

William Slinger, Junior Warden, Lyman R. Prescott, Marshal, 

William P. Jones, Treasurer, William H. Flanery, j 

Josiah Sanders, Secretary. John Dill, c Stewards, 

Evan R. Evans, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 
Marion Cannon, William H. Sanders. 

Ashbach, David McBean, John Messenger, Henry L. Roach, John 

Doose, Frederick McKee, Hiram Paulson, John Teeples, D. C. — 20. 

Legg, Thomas 


Wheeler, Matthew M.— 1. Muncy, John — 1. 

Colbert, William Foster, Wilson— 2. 


Watson ville, Santa Cruz County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Melvin J. Gilkey, Master, Andrew J. Compton, Secretary, 

William R. Kemp, Senior Warden, Isaac B. Fish, Chaplain, 

William G. Hudson, Junior Warden, Moses 0. Swartout, Senior Deacon, 

Alexander Lewis, Treasurer, James White, Junior Deacon, 

Michael Gagnon, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

John B. Tyus, Melvin J. Gilkey, James Waters, Thomas Beck, P. S. G.W. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Alexander, Abram 
Burke, Nathan 
Brower, Henry H, 
Brown, Ja:nes H. 
Brownstone, David 
Burland, Robert 
Cathors, James 
Chapman, Jere. S. 

Bryan, J. G. 

Crowner, E. A. 
Dean, Thomas R. 
Ford, Charles 
Foster, Charles 
Halstead, James L. 
Hilclreth, John L. 
Hunter, William H. 
Juden, George W. 

Legassick, John 
McCall, James B. 
Monroe, I. J. 
Morris, Moses 
Orton, Robert 
Rodden, William H. 
Sanborn, Lucius 
Sanchez, William 

See, Lewis A. 
Sinclair, Prewett 
Stoody, David M. 
Thrift, Alexander 
Trimble, Isaac 
White, George H. 
Williver, Mark— 42. 

Hunt, Levi— 1. 
Craig, A. English, F. G. 

White, George C— 4. 

Davis, Thomas M. Norris, James N. Pierce, Galen N". Yanderhurst, Wm. — 4. 

Gaster, John C. — 1. 

CHICO LODGE, No. 111. 

Chico, Butte County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Charles L. Stilson, Master, 
Thomas Pyle, Senior Warden, 
Andrew J. Hassenger, Junior Warden, 
Augustus H. Chapman, Treasurer, 
William L. Bradley, Secretary, 

John A. Turner, Senior Deacon, 
Richard P. White, Junior Beacon, 
Samuel M. Sproul, Marshal, 
William P. Goodrich, ) 
Ira A. Wetherbee, j Stewards, 

John Bidwell, 
Rufus M. Cochrane, 

Allen, George 
Alpaugh, Thomas 
Baker, John H. C. 
Barton, Frank A. 
Birdsall, Franklin 
Boydston, Jas. W. 
Briggs, Leonard E. 
Bruce, A. Taggart 
Burt, Aaron 
Cadwalader, Chas. 
Carlisle*, ames C. 
Colby, George W. 
Daniels, Samuel 

Robert B. Baker, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Amasa W. Bishop, James E.Mitchell, Charles L. Stillson 
William H. Duren, — 6. 

Daugherty, Hill C. 
Davis, Joseph 
Dibble, John C. 
Dicus, Samuel C. 
Doty, James C. 
Durley, Wm. A. 
Fuller, Harrison W. 
Gwynn, Pleasant M. 
Hallet, Henry 
Hamlin, Geo. L. 
Hanscomb, Henry D. 
Holmes, Henry P. 
Hoole, Edward 

Hoose, Calvin 
Hornback, Jas. M. 
Houghton, Francis 
Houghton, Joseph R. 
Hoyl, J. M. 
Johnson, Charles 
Jones, George F. 
Kinson, E. B. 
Lee, Westley 
Lovell, James M. 
Maine, John 
Martin, James C. 
McCormick, Jas. N. 

Mclntyre, John 
McPike, A.J. 
Montgomery , JohnX. 
Montgomery, J. W.B - 
Montgomery ,T.W.M. 
Moore, Thomas J. 
Xicholl, John 
Parton, Huse 0. 
Patridge, John C. 
Pence, Manoah 
Pond, Charles L. 
Reavis, David M. 
Samis, Daniel H. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Sample, Briton L. Stevens, Warren C. Walraven, Gar't W. Worm, A. W. 
Shaw, Samuel B. Stewart, J. I. Warren, Robert E. Wools, George W. 

Smith, Levi Thorp, William M. Wayland Jos. F. Yokum, Dennis 

Spencer Bradley Turner, Wm. T. Weston, Jubal, Jr. Young, Alexander 


Moore, James — 1. Burt, Aaron — 1. 


Cohn, Samuel Smith, Peter Wetherbee, Charles W. Wilson, Robert C. 

Cole, James H. —5. 


Cloud, William Landt, Henry 

Lowery, Joseph E. 

Nesbit, William N.— 3. 
Wilson, Ebenezer B. — 2. 

SUMMIT LODG-E, No. 112. 

Knight's Ferry, Stanislaus County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


T. P. Cary, Senior Deacon, 
A. H. Jamison, Junior Deacon, 
William P. Bach, 1^^ 

William E. Steuart, Master, 
Henry Palmer, Senior Warden, 
A. T. Bartlett, Junior Warden, 
Merrill Britt, Treasurer, 
Thomas E. Hughes, Secretary, 

Merrill Britt, 

Bentley, Jeff. D. 
Clark, Robert C. 
Dent, George W. 
Enslen, William 
Hamilton, Andrew 
Hayler, A. L. 

John L. Conner, 
Andrew McSorley, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

William E. Steuart, Abiel Elkins. 


Jarrard, Thomas W. 
Kleine, H. C. 
Krouse, George H. 
Lane, Andrew J. 
Lane, Charles D. 
Lane, Thomas W. 

Richardson, Thomas — 1. 
Snodgrass, Isaac — 1. 

Lodtman, Ernest Petty, Isaac N. 
McNamara, Timothy Stinson, James 
Neill, Josiah D. Tulloch, David W. 

Palmer, William Tulloch, James 
Papers, James M. Valpey , Abraham M. 
Pentland, Henry B. —34. 

Miller, Richard M.— 1. 
Snodgrass, Isaac — 1. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

EDEN LODGE, No. 113. 

San Iieandro, Alameda County . 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Eliphalet M. Smith, Master, 
Isaac A. Ammerman, Senior Warden, 
Oliver L. Southwick, Junior Warden, 
Richard C. Nabb, Treasurer, 
Charles H. Haile, Secretary, 
Leonard R. Clark, Chaplain, 

William W. Reid, Senior Deacon, 
Frederick Lienhoop, Junior Deacon, 
Theodore W. Cook, Marshal, 
Robert McMillan, j 
Ivory R. Marston, 
William Muncy, Tyler. 


Past Masters : 

Noble Hamilton, 

Eliphalet M. Smith. 


Anway, Loring B. Harlan, Jacob W. Marlin John Putnam John H. 

Chisholm, John Hill, Otis Marlin, Joseph B. Saul, Samuel S. 

Coleman, Charles S. Horn, George H. McCully, William Shiman, John L. 

Demont, Joseph Jorgensen,Jorgen C. Moore, Albert N. Stetson, Charles R. 

Dougherty, Chas.*E. Kapp, Frederick Morse, Henry N. Teubert, Herman 

Emerson, Chas. A. Lemon, Wm. T. Palmer, Charles E. Watkins, Leonard 

Green, John Liese, Conrad —39. 

Haile, Carson S. Lewis, George L. — 2. 

Austin, James D. Jamison, James W. Post, Richard 
Cabanis, Lewis G. McCord, Isaac Purcell, Thomas 

Hollis, James L. McFadden,Wm. H. Rice, Hawly W. 

Mayhew, Joseph A. — 1. 

Josselyn, Joseph W.— 1. 

Taylor, Joseph H. 
Wynn, Walter W. 



Grizzly Flat, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


H. M. Richardson, Master, Orange S. Palmer, Senior Deacon, 

Benjamin R. Phillips, Senior Warden, — Junior Deacon, 

James Meikle, Junior Warden, 
Davis, Hanna, Treasurer, 
William Knox, Secretary, 



Benjamin R. Phillips, 

0. D. Pray, Marshal, 
William Cole, 
John M. McClane, 
Elijah King, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Davis Hanna, Elijah King. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Casey, James T. 
Davidson, Milford 

Kincaid, Logan C. Warner, Valentine Zollars, Frederick 
Van Mater, J. W. — 

Russell, Lawton M. — 1. 

Orosson, Barney— 1. Crosson, Barney Egbert, Christo. H.— 2. 

Sellers, Isaac M.— 1. 



Fiddletown, Amador County. 
Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


William H. Norton, Senior Beacon, 

James W. McManus, Master, 
Charles Lee, Senior Warden, 
Hugh H. Bell, Junior Warden, 
James Burt, Treasurer, 
Francis A. Howard, Secretary, 

Charles Lee, 

William Webber, Junior Beacon, 
Alexander B. Horrell, 1 
Hasting J. Dial, \ Stewards, 

Henry A. Kuchenthal, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Andrew P. Wood. 


Alderman, Jas. W. 
Askew, William M. 
Dillon, Reuben 

Goff, David M. 
Hoard, Felix C. 
Hunstable, John A. 

Mathews, Wm. J. 
Payne, Moses 
Petit, Job E. 

Tosh, John M.— 1. 

Kaull, John M.— 1. 

Laveck, William — 1. 

Purinton, Columb. A. 
Wilson, Cyrus— 22. 

Sullivan, Fred'kL.—l. 


Sacramento, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


John H. Parnell, Master, 

William H. Devalin, Senior Warden, 

William H. McBurney, Junior Warden, 

Enoch Jacobs, Measurer, 

George M. Hay ton, Secretary, 

Eli M. Smith, Senior Beacon, 
William Hoen, Junior Beacon, 
August Loffler, Marshal, 
Benjamin F. Alexander, | StewardSf 
George Duprey, ) 

Nathaniel A.Kidder, Tyler. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Samuel D. Smith, 
John H. McKurie, 

Babcock, John 
Barstow, John L. 
Brown, John H. 
Carroll, Oliver C. 
Coffee, James 
Davis, Jacob Z. 
Dolan, Patrick P. 
Dugan, Charles 
Dusenberry, Mahion 
Foss, Calvin I. 

Past Masters: 

William H. Hevener, Jacob Hoehn, John H. Parnell. 


Fritsch, John 
Gonnet, Adrien 
Herzog, Philip 
Hoffman, Adam J. 
Hollfelder, Pankrats 
Kopman, John 
Leeman, Gaspar 
LeLoy, Louis 
McLaughlin, William 

Menke, Anton 
Merkley, Reuben J. 
Meyer, Paul 
Oschwald, John 
Quanchi, Desdaro 
Reid, Charles C. 
Reaz, John 
Robbins, Joseph M. 
Schaefer, Peter 

Schrick, John 
Sweetland, Benj F. 
Thayer, Nehem'hD. 
Troiia, Salvatore 
Trope, Peter 
Urban, George H. 
Whitelaw, John 
Wiggins, George 
Young, William— 51. 

Contell, James— 1. 
Barton, Herman D. Brown, R. J. Dickey, Thomas — 3. 


Brown, John H.— 1. Peck, Nathaniel R. Schmelling, Charles— 2. 


Jennings, Moses H. Woodward, Edward F.— 2. 


Horsetown, Shasta County. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Fall Moon. 

Charles N. Kingsbury, Secretary, 
Henry Rothwell, Senior Deacon, 
Williston K. Conger, Junior Beacon 
H. C. Jacobson, Marshal, 
William Forschler, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Alexander R. Andrews, 
Engle, Alonzo Martin, Robert A. Morehead, William 

Hiller, Michael McPherson, Geo. F. Sheppard, Benj. A. 

Lounder, Henry 


Berg, Robert — 1. Bossyus, John Martin, Augustus— 2. 

Joseph Pryor, Master, 
E. M. Dixon, Senior Warden, 
T. A. Jones, Junior Warden, 
Henry Ludwig, Treasurer 

Athansius Pryor, 

Joseph Weil. 

Weil, David 
Willard, George K. 


Grand Lodge of California. 


San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Thursday in each month. 

Emanuel Emanuel, Master, 
Samuel Platshek, Senior Warden, 
George E. Agard, Junior Warden; 
Lewis Emanuel, Treasurer, 
Leon Cerf, Secretary, 


Simon Baum, Senior Deacon, 
John Cecile, Junior Beacon, 
Mathias Rosenshine, Marshal, 
James P. Goodwin, Jr. 
George J. Harris, 


William B. Wilson, Tyler. 

Louis Cohn, P. S. G. W. 
Henry Falkenstein, 

Past Masters: 

Mendel Esberg, 
Julius Platshek, 

Moses Heller, 
William H. Culver. 

Adler, Jacob 
Adler, Julius 
Ansbro, Thomas 
Becker, M. R. E. 
Block, Abraham 
Blum, Tsidor 
Boch, Rudolph 
Borchard, Charles 
Brown, Nathan 
Bruns, Christian 
Bryan, William 
Cahn, Leopold 
Caro, Wolf 
Clayburgh, Moses 
Cohen, Martin 
Cohen, Samuel H. 
Cohn, Elkan 
Collins, Mathew 
Colman, Morris 
Cook, Isaac 
Curtis, James J. 
Delprat, George R. 
Englander, Michael 
Fischer, Bern. V. Q. 
Fisher, Henry 
Heishman, Chas V. 
Foulkes, Stephen G. 
Frank, Asher 
Friedlander, Meyer 

Galpen, Edward 
Gilmore, John B. 
Goldman, Isaac W., Charles 
Goodkind, Henry 
Green, Harris 
Hamilton, Robert 
Hanauer, Moses 
Hansen, Rasmus 
Hardie, D. 
Harrison, John 
Heineberg, Abr. 
Henry, H. A. 
Hermida, Augustin 
Hill, L. H. 
Houseman, James L. 
Hyman, Henry 
Jacobs, Abraham 
Jonas, Isaac A. 
Joseph, Michael J. 
Kline, Lazarus 
Kortz, George 
Lanctot, Benoni 
Lees, Isaiah W. 
Levy, E. J. 
Lincoln, E. W. 
Linder, Marks J. 
Lipman, Joseph 
Lissak, A. H. Jr. 


Livingston, Marks Schmidt, Joseph 
Loewe, Morris H. Schoenfeld, Jacob 
Mandlebaum,Francis Schweitzer, Samuel 

Marks, Henry 
Marks, Saul 
Marks, Simon 
McCabe, John H. 
McCauley, Charles 

Searing, Matthew G. 
Silverberg, Simon 
Simon, Henry 
Smith, Charles 
Solomons, Seixas 

Mclsaacs, Donald C. Spencer, David 
Michaels, Aaron W. Steckler, James E. 

Stein, Myer 
Steler, Pepi . 
Steppacher, Meyer 
Strahan, Simon. 
Strauss, Louis 
Strauss, Maurice 
Thiele, Albert L. 
Wagner, Henry 
Walter, Herman N. 
Warren, James L. 

Miller, Leopold 

Miller, William N. 

Mish, Phineas 

Murray, Thomas 

Myers, Mitchell J. 

Nathan, Edmund 

Newberger, Elias 

Parker, Thos. J. 

Patterson, James 

Peyser, Simeon A. 

Pritchard, James A. Weyl, Abraham 

Reinstein, Solomon Wolf, Abraham 

Robins, George Wolf, David 

Robinson, Julius Wormser, Isidor 

Robitscheck, Herm. Wormser, Louis 

Rosenbaum, Joseph Zacharias, Heyman 

Rosenbaum, Moses Zachrison, Chas. 

Rosenfield, Anthony Zimmerman, Henry 

Schier, Gabriel —132. 

Cachot, M. A. Raphael, Isidor Sindgreen, Andreas — 3. 

Goet, Joseph Kolby, Benjamin Remington, John C. Wackenheimer, L. 

Johnson, Henry Kennedy, Edward — 6 

236 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Friedlander, Wm. I. Muller, Rudolph Wormser, Simon Zabel, Julius— 6. 

Levy, Bernard Seller, Jacob H. 

Brunner, Jacob A. Frankenberg,Joseph Gutte, Isidor Hay, Alexander 

Delbanco, Nathan Friedle, James 0. Isaacs, Benj. Newman, Henry— 3. 


Uri, Felix— 1. ' 

IONIC LODGE, No. 121. 

Iowa Hill, Placer County. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

William W. Poole, Master, James Dods, Senior Beacon, 

Alfred Brown, Senior Warden, Joseph L. Wood, Junior Beacon, 

Junior Warden, Adams Barrett, Marshal, 

Edward G. Spencer, Treasurer, John H. Mitchell, | 

John Butler, Secretary, Willis F. Gould, ) Stewards > 

John W. Myrick, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

James Dods, William C. Rich, William D. Lawrence. 

Baer, Charles Ingersoll, Darius Mill, William Schmitt, John 

Bernadotte, Julius E. Jacobs, James M. Patton, William H. Smith, Jonathan M. 

Booth, Garrett Just, John F. Rice, Charles Stemple, Henry 

Chinn, James W. Ladd, Horace G. Rich, James J. Tolman, Rufus J. 

Day, Zebulon Leighton, Aug. L. Ross, James Van De Viere, J. F. 

Eddings, George F. Makins, William S. —34. 

Barton, John L. Hazzard, Aug. C. White, Wm. K.— 3. 

ALAMO LODGE, No. 122. 

Alamo, Contra Costa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next succeeding Full Moon. 

Western E. Riddle, Master, John B. Sydnor, Senior Beacon 

Jerry C. Sturgeon, Senior Warden, John Wiley, Junior Beacon, 

William Lynch, Junior Warden, James Smith, Marshal, 

Albert Sherburne, Treasurer, David Caldwell, 

John Slitz, Secretary, George W. Kezartee 

James Morris, Tyler. 

f Stewards, 

Grand Lodge of California. 


John M. Jones, 

Past Masters 


Nathaniel Jones. 

Block, August Johnston, F. E. Livingston,RobertG. Pearson, John 

Bowles, Jesse Kerr, John J. Madden, Mebra Sherburn, Albert 

Brewen, Eli King, Robert M. McCullough, Daniel Shreeve, Benjamin 

Hammitt, G. W. Labaree, John L. Mills, Emery T. Standish, P. H. 

Inman, Daniel Levy, Bernhard Mills, Gilbert E. Youkum, George W. 

Isaac, Richard — 33. 

Hunsaker, H. K.— 1. 

Parker, William G. Peel, L. G.— 2. 

Levy, Bernhard Livingston, Robert G. — 2. 

Bradbury, Wm. T. Harris, H. W. Kelly, William Vincent, W. R.— 7. 

Cohen, Michael Johnson, Thomas M. Stevens, Josiah E. 


Healdsburg, Sonoma County. 
Stated Meetings, Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 


Charles E. Hutton, Master, Jonas Bloom, Senior Deacon, 

George W. Wertz, Senior Warden, Christopher Hauch, Junior Deacon, 

Ransom Powell, Junior Warden, George Miller, ) ©ewjards 

John Young, J 

David Bloom, Treasurer, 

D. M. Johnson, Secretary, 

Jacob Doan, Tyler. 

Joseph Albertson, 
John N. Bailhache, 

Allen, Orrick S. 
Anderson, James W, 
Bloom, Joseph 
Brown, Josiah 
Canan, Wm. S. 
Caulkins, E. M. 
Cook James C. 
Duncan, T. A. 

Past Masters: 

Samuel M. Hayes, Charles E. Hutton. 

Fenno, James E. 
Fewell, James M. 
Filke, Nathan 
Grant, John D. 
Griest, Peter 
Hartsock, A. 
Jenner,E. K. 
Lambert, H. F. 
Laymance, Isaac 

Liddle, Hugh 
Livermore, Joseph 
McManus, John G. 
Miser, Henry S. 
Patrick, J. F. 
Patrick, Joseph M. 
Petray, R. A. 
Phillips, D. D. 
Price, John 

John S. Shafer, 

Quigg, John M. 
Sargent, Henry 
Stites,Alex. H. 
Terry, James H. 
Tombs, William H. 
W r agonseller, Norton 
Ward, C. W. 
Whiteman, D.W.— 49. 

Ingham, A. H. — 1. 


Betams of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Face, Solomon 

Edwards, P. H. 
Ely, Ben E. S. 


Grover, Thos. J. Pickle, George W. 

Hertel, P. March, Wm. J. 


Menefee, C. A. — 1. 

Young, Michael — 4. 
McDonald, J. R.— 5. 


Oroville, Butte County. 

Stated Meetings, first Tuesday in each month. 


John B. Hewitt, Master, Peter Freer, Secretary, 

St. John Jackson, Senior Warden, Charles F. Lott, Senior Beacon, 

Thibaud Heintz, Junior Warden, George H. Crosette, Junior Deacon, 

William A. Washburn, Treasurer, Wm. Edmunds, (of Oromlft, No. 103,) Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

George H. Crosette, Charles F. Lott, Joseph Block, Peter Freer. 

Alex. G. Simpson, Thomas Callow, John M. Clark, 

Elliott, Walter M. Mitchell, John C. 
Farman, Joseph Nixon, Asmus 
Finch, George W. Olsen, Charles 
Hida, John Ord, William M. 

McDermott, Arthur Rollins, Lloyd 

Beall, John 
Bean, Jackson 
Berry, John S. 
Branscom, John 
Cleveland, Charles 
Dunbar, J. W. 

Wardwell, JaniesA. 
West, Miers B. 
Wheeler, James 
Wilkerson, Enos 
Wright, Samuel J. 


Moore, George C. 

Washburn, P. L.— 2. 


San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Monday in each month- 


Isidor Choynski, Master, 
James H. Hardy, Senior Warden, 
Pincus Funkenstein, Junior Warden, 
Moritz Kalmuck, Treasurer, 
Louis Kaplan, Secretary, 

Samuel Feder, Senior Deacon, 
C. E. Marks, Junior Deacon, 
Bennet Pulverman, MarsJial, 
Gumpert Schwartz, 
And. E. Tommereg, 



William B. Wilson, (of Fidelity Lodge, No. 120), Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 

Past Masters : 

Moritz Kalmuck, Bennet Pulverman, Samuel S. Arnheim, 


Louis Kaplan. 

Abrahamson, S. 
Abrams, Louis 
Alexander, S. 0. 
Anderson, H. 
Badt, Alex. L. 
Baker, Jonathan W. 
Berliner, J. A. 
Bien, Joseph 
Bine, Solomon 
Boghiscich, B. N. 
Brannon, Thos. D. 
Breslauer, Henry 
Callighan,P. J. 
Citron, Morris L. 
Cohen, Jacob 
Cohn, Fredeiick 
Colin, Morris B. 
Cohn, Simon S. 
Coughell, Peter 
Courtney, JdhnE. B 
Danziger, Henry 
Demmick, Henry 
Duffy, James 
Dunn, William B. 
Ehrenberg, L. 

Elias, Philip 
Fox, H. B. 
Frosberg, Frederick 
Geist, William 
Gosliner, Simon 
Goslinski, Elias 
Green, William 
Gustafson, Charles 
Harris, W. 
Haviland, Wm. H. 
Hennessey, Harry 
Heuston, Fred. G. 
Hirshal, Gustav 
Hughes, John W. 
Hyman, H. 
Jacobson, Sigmund 
Johnson, T. Rodgers 
Klopstock, Curtis 
Kohn, Henry 
Kyor, Christian 
Latz, Henry 
Levi, Marquis 
Levy, Henry M. 
Levy, Louis A. 

Levy, Nathan 
Lewis, Thomas 
Lewis, Solomon 
Lezinsky, Samuel 
Lissner, Louis 
Lichtenstein, M. H. 
Lincoln, James 
Lubree, Isaac 
Lust, Simon 
Marks, J. A. 
Melzer, Peter 
Merzbach, Julius 
Moran, P. 
Morris, P. 
Newman, Abr. 
Passman, David 
Patton, George 
Peyser, Jacob 
Pierce, Peter 
Plato, David 
Poehlman, William 
Pollard, James 
Quint, Leander 
Rosenberg, Kalman 

Rosenthal, Max 
Russell, Thomas H. 
Ryan, Patrick 
Schereck, Lewis 
Schwartz, Henry 
Schweitzer, John 
Silver, Solomon 
Stern, Herman 
Stolz, Joseph 
Strauss, Kaufman 
Sylvester, L. 
Thornquist, Charles 
Toklas, Max 
Toplitz, Fabian 
Warshauer, Abram 
Warszaur, Henry 
Welsh, John L. 
White, James A. 
Williams, Morris 
Wolff, Casper 
Wolff, Harris 

Wolff; M. 

Wolfsohn, William 
Zobel, Jacob— 110. 

Harrison, John H. 

Reamer, William 

Witkouski, Adolph- 3. 

Flott, William— 1. 

Fisher, N. — 1. 


Gilbert, Isaac 
Ipsooitz, John 

King, John 
Mears, James 

Rosenberg, N. 
Schiller, Morris 

Smith, Charles 0. 
Stolz, A. Tobias—! 


Sevastopol, Sonoma County. 
Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Irving N. McGuire, Master, 
James S. Eliot, Senior Warden, 
Robert W. Coon, Junior Warden, 
James Gannon, Treasurer, 
Joseph H. P. Morris, Secretary, 
James M. Small, Chaplain, 


Benjamin F. Branscom, Senior Deacon, 
Edward C. Woodruff, Junior Deacon, 
Matthew McPeak, Marshal, 
E. W. Wilbur, ) 

• Joseph E. Rulison, f * ( 
E. D. Parker, Tyler. 

Past Master: 

Irving N. McGuire. 



Beturns of Subordinate Lodges to tlie 

Ballard, Smithfleld 
Bennett, Walter 
Berry, William P. 
Bowman, David S. 
Brown, James W. 
Cameron, John M. 
Carson, David 
Coats, George W. 
Cook, James H. 
Dougherty, Jos. L. 
Fickas, Adam 
Pinley, Joseph J. 
Glover, Milton W. 

Hagans, Alfred S. Leddy, Patrick 
Hall, L. Bishop Leslie, Walter 

Henckell, George Long, Joseph J. 
Howland, Chas. W. Mapes, Ira C. 
Hudspeth, James M. McGuire, Wm. P. 
Hunt, Benj. J. W. McPeak, Anthony 

Hunt, Franklin M. 
Hunt, William J. 
Kahn, Maurice 
Kiernan, Michael 
Lakey, Andrew 
Latta, E. C. 

McPeak, Eugene 
Menefee, Wm. H. 
Mitty, Nioholas 
Orender, Joel 
Orr, John 
Overton, David F. 

Phinney, Roswell 
Rhoades, John 
Ross, Losson 
Sanborn, George X. 
Sheridan, James 
Smith, Joseph 
Steitz, Henry 
Thronson, Christian 
Walker, John- 
Williams, Albert J. 
Winkler, Clayton 
Wright, Joseph— 61. 

Higgins, George W. 

Robertson, C. C. 
Porter, James A. C. — 1. 
Haslund, Neil C. Kerns, Thomas J. McBee, Claiborne 
Howard, Austin E. Markell, David Peterson, Benj. F. 

Robinson, William M. Webb, George W 

Shafer, George N.— 3. 

Porter, Jas. A. C. 

Vandiveer,Wm.J.— 8 


San Francisco, Grafschaft von San Francisco. 

Regelmaessige Versammlungen, den ersten Donnerstag im Monat. 


Charles E. Hansen, Meister, Ernst A. Denieke, erster Sehajfner, 

Henry Kenitzer, erster Aufseher, Henry Knop, zweiter Schafner, 

Adam Menges, zweiter Aufseher, Ferdinand Klatt, Marscholl, 

Otto Kloppenburg, Schatzmeister, Louis Henime, | 

Nicholas Loshe, Secretaer, Henry Vorrath, \ M ewaras > 

Andreas H. Vorrath, Waechter. 

Christian G. Stahl, 
Charles Proschold, 

Andresen, Christian 
Arps, John 
Baehr, William 
Barkhans, F. W. 
Becker, Otto Fred. 
Behrens, Johann 
Bitter, William 
Brand, Hermann 

Alt Meister: 

Franz Staud, John G. Andresen, 

Brickwedel, John 
Cassebohm, Wm. 
Clairmont, R. De 
Claussen, H. H. 
Dannheimer, Louis 
Delger, Friedrich 
Dreyer D. 
Dunsing, Freidrich 

Ehman, George 
Erwin, Heinrich 
Fleischman, John 
Fluegger, Joh. Carl 
Ford, Henry 
Fredericks, Joseph 
Friedrichs, John 
Gebler, Theodore 

A. Theo. Ehrenberg. 

Gruenwahl, George 
Haake, Carl 
Hahn, Jacob 
Haxe. George J. 
Helliesen,C. F. A. 
Helmering,Clem. A. 
Helmken, Theo. 
Hencken, Martin 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Holling, Wilhelm 
Holtz, William 
Joel, Albert M, 
Jonasson, Jonas 
Jonasson, Meyer 
Koehler, Charles 
Korbel Franz 
Lafontaine, A. J. 
Laidlaw, Walter 
Lauge, Ch. Herm. 
Lauge, Fred. W. M. 

Lembke, Charkes 
Lutgens, John 
Mandel, Emanuel 
Mangels, Peter N. 
Maurer, Leo. 
Mausshardt, Conrad 
Mentel, Wilmelm 
Meyer, Johann 
Meyer, J. G. H. 
Moeker, Wilhelm 
Mueller, r Adolph 

Nagel, Wm. 
Orth, George 
Pless, Henry 
Poppe, Charles 
Richter, William H. 
Roemer, Casper 
Rohe, Johann F. 
Rossbach, Hermann 
Scheeman, Carl 
Scheper, Christian 
Scherb, Franz 

Schmidt, P. R. 
Schoenau, Heinrich 
Schoenfeld, Louis 
Spreckels, Peter 
Tiedemann, Mart. 
Voight, Christian H. 
Waizman, Max 
Wilte, Charles 
Zwisele, George — 92 


Wenk, Wilhelm H.— 1. 


Althof, Hermann Engels, Fred. P. 


Arps, John — 1. 


Behr, Hermann H. Danker, Ernst Pfeiffer, Ernst J. 

Brink, P. S. Holling, Charles H. Rauch, Friedrich J 

Donzelmann, JohnF. Koester, Henning 

Habenicht, Fritz— 3. 

Wendt, Hermann— 10 • 


Visalia, Tulare County. 

Stated Meetings, third Saturday in each month. 


Charles C. Strong, Master, 
Charles L. Thomas, Senior Warden, 
James E. Denney,' Junior Warden, 
Basil G. Parker, Treasurer, 
Samuel J. Garrison, Secretary, 

Jeremiah Burkhalter, Senior Beacon, 
Alpha H. Glasscock, Junior Beacon, 
Joseph N. Thomas, Marshal, 
Benjamin F. Wallace, ) 
Joshua F. Lewis, f Stewards, 

Jerry P. Jarker, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

John P. Hockett, Andrew H. Broder, William A. Russell, Jerem'h Burkhalter. 
Joseph N. Thomas, Elias Jacob, John R. Keeney, • 

Allen, George 
Bacon, Fielding 
Baker, Martin 
Baker, Thomas 
Barton, John 
Bowen, Wm. W. 
Bragg, Norman H. 
Broder, Robert C. 


Brown, Andrew J. 
Chandler, Stephen 
Chattan-, Richard 
Collins, Samuel H. 
Coughran, Thos. B. 
Creighton, Samuel S. 
Crowley, John W. 
Crowley, Greenberry 

Cuny, Enoch J. 
Dineley, Samuel 
Donaldson, Arch. M. 
Eaton, Matthew 
Ellis, William J. 
Ely, William 
Ewing, John N. 
Fletcher, Wm. P. 

Fudge, IbbervilleL. 
Fudge, William B. 
Grubb, John L. 
Hart, Edmund P. 
Halstead, Tim., Jr. 
Hedges, John H. 
Houston, James 
Hubbs, John R. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Hunsaker, Henry 
Johnson, James M. 
Johnson, Thomas P. 
Johnson, Wm. M. 
Jordan, Frank 
Laird, William H. 
Lindsey, Joshua 
Lindsey, Tipton 

Lowery, Anthon} T W T . 
Mailer, William E. 
Merrill, MumfordS. 
Meyers, Joseph 
Miles, Burke 
Montgomery Mil. M. 
Murray Abra'm H. 
Owen, Joshua 

Ownby, James P. 
Reid, John C. 
Reynolds, Jesse W. 
Rhodes, William C. 
Root, Elon W. 
Russell, William G. 
Sayle. Claudius G. 

Shearer, Arthur 
Simon, John P. 
Smith, George W. 
Steiner, Calvin M. 
Stoneman, Fred. E. 
Turner, Joseph X. 
Wells, Morgan S. 
Williams, John W. 

Cunningham, Philo P. — 1. 
Esrey, John Higby, Henry C. 

Purcell, Michael — 7. 

Allen, Thomas H. 

Carothers, Samuel Goodin, William S. Murray, James M. 

Brown, Andrew J. Williams, John W. — 2. 

Blumberg, Werner H. 

Flood, Noah F. Gilliam, Samuel T. 

Roberts, Return — 4. 


Nicolans, Sutter County. 

Stated Meetings, Friday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Campbell B. Berry, Master, 
, Senior Warden, 

James Striplin, Junior Warden, 
Philip E. Drescher, Treasurer, 

Past Masters : 

George W. Treanor, Charles W. Arens, John B. Harris 


George R. Frye, Secretary, 
Charles W. A. Arens, Senior Deacon, 
Frank Gulling, Junior Beacon, 
Benjamin Crabtree, Tyler. 

Philip E. Drescher. 

Beltze, H. L. 
# Berry, R. C— 1. 

Brewer, Thomas Salentme, Matthew — 12. 

Striplin, Lifous — 1. 
McClellan, R. H. McLain, Benjamin F. Pratt, Calvin H.— 3. 

Beatty, W. H.— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



TVoodbridge, San Joaquin County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Edwin B. Sherman, Master, George L. Dougherty, Senior Deacon, 

John N. Woods, Senior Warden, 
Edward G. Rutledge, Junior Warden 
William H. Young, Treasurer, 
Messer W. House, Secretary, 

Past Masters : 

Jacob Van Scoyk, Thomas Hendersou, John C. Thompson 

Alexander, Philip Green, L. D. Kettleman, David 

Beckman, Henry Green, Wright F. Laird, E. G. 
Beckwith, By'nde la Hart, William Langford, Benj. F. 

Blakely, James C. Henderson, Geo. S. 
Cain, Aquilla Hutson, James L. 

Farmer, Washington Ireland, Elias 
Flanders, Luther C. Keagle, John 
Fugitt, C. C. Keith, George A. 


Gordon, Benjamin F.— 1. Murry, Wm. J.- 

Blakely R. Woods, Junior Deacon, 
Augustus C. Rutledge, } stewardSf 
Lemuel J. Dougherty, J 
David P. McNeil, Tyler. 

James P. Folger. 

Pletts, Thomas 
Rood, Richard 
Rose, Anderson 
Ruker, William A. 
Short, James M. 
Taylor, James W. 
Turner, Frank — 45. 

Lavinsky, John 
McDowell, John 
Nevins, William 
Parker, Alfred H. 
Pemberton, Jas. C. 

Hammond, R. K. 

Humphrey, E. A. 


Hansken, George 


Murry, William J. 


Baker, R. F.— 1. 

Pearson, Thomas C. — 3. 

Myres, Benj. F.— 3. 


Taylorsville, Plumas County. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month. 

Albert J. Gilford, Master, Seth S. Boynton, Senior Deacon, 

James Christian, Junior Deacon, 

James H. Whitlock, Marshal, 

Morris S. Aschheim, \ 


Oscar D. Peck, Senior Warden, 
William Bio ugh, Junior Warden, 
Job T. Taylor, Treasurer, 

George W. Boyden, Secretary, Joseph S. Boynton 

James P. Berge, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

David Evey, Allen Wood, Benjamin Coss, 

Milford B. Bransford. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Brown, Jacob B. Hunter, William Miller, Frederick C. Shephard, Benj. W. 

Chappel, Henry Keep, Albert Paul, A. S, Smith, Erastus P. 

Cooper, Augustus A. Kruger, Frank Reed, William F. Traugh, Lemuel 

Cunningham, N. C. Le Foon, James Roberts, Valentine True, Thomas J. 

Fleming, John Love, John S. Roeckers, William Wilson, George W. 

Green, Edward E. McGinniss, James Roser, Nicholas Young, Wm. G.— 42. 

Griffin, George Meginity, Benj. F. Shaw, Philo D. 

Banta, Stephen Cornelius, Joseph— 2. 

Hoover, Martin Moore, Luke Rose, William I. 

McPike, Andrew J. Pettinger, John 


Snyder, Jacob B. Williams, Alf. A. C— 2. 


Holmes, Henry — 1. 


Laufman, Cyrus Stevens, John S. Sugars, John — 5. 

Smyth, Robert D.— 1. 

Smyth, Bobert D 6. 

Firmstone, Henry 
Flornoy, Robert S. 

Taylor, Seth- 


Coulterville, Mariposa County. 

Stated Meetings, first Saturday in each month. 

Simon H. Stevens, Master, 
John H. Carpenter, Senior Warden, 
Daniel Wagner, Junior Warden, 
George Counts, Treasurer, 
Adam D. Gordon, Secretary, 

George Fiehn, Tyler 


James Piper, Senior Deacon, 
Charles Wagner, Junior Beacon, 
Carlton Davidson, Marshal, 

Charles Wood, { 
John Hughes, J 


James Leonard, 

Aiken, John M. 
Reban, Roco 
Fields, Daniel M. 

Past Masters : 

Carlton Davidson, Joseph Leeson, 

Simon H. Stevens. 


Herbek, Frank Peterson, Andrew Sanguinette, Anth. 

Martin, John B. Pettit, John Shimer, James 

Myers, Henry Reynolds, Peter Smith, Edward H. 

Orchard, Nathaniel Parson, Henry — 2. 

McCook, Robert — 1. 

Chase, Roliand C— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Clqyeland, Sept. A. Ingram, William McCook, Robert Michell, Joseph— 6. 
HoWeth, Nelson Innis, Gedley 

Hendricks, John M. — 1. 


Goss, Andrew — 1. 


McEwen, Stinson E. — 1. 


Vacaville, Solano Comity. 

Stated Meetings , Friday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Edward W. Day, Senior Beacon, 
James Eversole, Junior Beacon, 
William A. Shaw, Marshal, 
AlexanderB.Long,) iKetoar( j ( , i 

Lewis D. Burgess, j 

Henry Eversole, Master, 
Frederick Hutton, Senior Warden 
John Cole, Junior Warden, 
Arthur Moore, Measurer, 
Robert C. Marshall, Secretary, 

Ira Taylor, Chaplain, 

Nathan Cutler, 
Arthur Moore, 

Bailey, David H. 
Bingham, Joseph 
Bingham, Ozias 
Blum, Moses 

Joseph Longmire, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Edward R. Thurber, J.B. Bope,P. ,7. G. W. John C. Simmons. 
Henry Eversole, 


Duncan, Addison E. 
Grafton, James P. 

Blum, John 
Dunn, Alexander 
Garnett, James S. 
Giffort, Henry 
Howard, James W. 

Deck, Henry St. G. Miller, Meredith R. 

Etlinger, Benjamin Pollard, John F. 

Fisher, Orceneth Rice, Henry B. 

Howard, William H. Rodgers, James 

Cooper, John — 1. 
Johnson, William Reed, John 

Sackett, Buel R. 
Taylor, Hiram 
Walker, William D. 
Wolfskill, Milton -32. 

Thompson, Richard 

King, Daniel Reynolds, Jas. W. B. Veal, William 

Luttges, Gustavus Robinson, Christop'r Wells, William H. 
McCune, Henry E. Smythe, Mathias Willoughby,DeWittC m 
McKinle'y, Geo. C. Talbot, John G. Wolfskill, Sarshall C. 


Speed, William H— 1. 

Nudd, Thomas L. — 1. 

246 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Linden, San Joaquin County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

John Wasley, Master, Isaac S. Smith, Secretary, 

Nathaniel S. Harrold, Seniw Warden, William R. Smith, Senior Beacon, 

Christopher C. R} T nerson, Junior Warden, Haviland P. Eldred, Junior Beacon, 
James K. Freeman, Treasurer, Christopher Oxtoby, Steward* 

John B. Wootten, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Thomas T. Wasley, John C. Reid, Henry W. Charles. 

Barnard, Stephen Haines, John S. Martin, Charles W. Smith, Charles B. 

Brooke, Thomas J. Harrison, Joseph P. Martin, David P. Smith, John W. 
Dudley, Presley W. Harrison, Norval Pearson, Seth A. Stamper, William B. 
Fennell, James R. Hatler, Philip A. Russell, William H. Thornlow, Henry 
Fitzgerald, Philip Hill, John W. Simonton, Geo. W. Wootten, Samuel 

Fulkerth, Thos. H. —33. 

Bonham, H. J. Briggs, Robert— 2. 


Brackett, Joseph W. Conkey, Samuel C— 2. 


Gardner, James H. Tompkins, William M. Woods, James— 3. 


Peery, Joseph W. — 1. 


San Francisco, San Francisco Connty. 

Stated Meetings, first Friday in each month. 

* , Master, David Simpson, Senior Beacon, 

George Penlington, Senior Warden, George H. Hallett, Junior Deacon, 

John F. Kennedy, Junior Warden, Joseph Frazier, Marshal, 

James Ballentine, T-easurer, Oliver Gray Hallett, ) 

Edward C. Lovell, Secretary, Marcus Newfield, j Stewards ' 

Robert McElroy, Chaplain, William Canham, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

John Wade, Adolphus Hollub, P. 8. G-. W., Heney B. Forester. 

Thomas Anderson, John H. Stoutenborough, 

* Edward W. Tift, suspended for unmasonic conduct by a Comiiiission appointed by the 
Grand Master. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Anderson, Charles 
Angeli, Joseph 
Ashbrook, Alfred 
Astredo, Antonio 
Atkinson, James 
Austin, Sampson 
Behrendt, Hennan 
Bendixen, Hans D. 
Bengenheimer, Chris, 
Bettman, Moses 
Bilay, Anthony F. 
Boyd, H. Carley 
Brander, John S. 
Browell, Jeremiah 
Brown, John A. 
Burnett, W. C. 
Carty, Paul 
Carr, Charles W. 
Clement, Joseph 
Coes, George H. 
Cohen, Jacob 
Cohn, Isaiah 
Coughlin, D. J. 
Crooks, Richard 
Curry, John 
Curry, Nathaniel 
Daley, John H. 
Deutsch, Jacob 
Dinkelspiel L. 
Doble, Abner 
Doran, Richard E. 
Doyle, James R. 
Droge, Henry 
Druhe, John G. 
Eaton, E. B. 
Eckstein, Albert B. 
Elder, William'J. 
Evans, Peter J. 
Falkenau, Ignace 
Fishel, William 
Fisher, George W. 

Foreman, S. 
Forrest, W. D. 
Friedlander, Morit 
Friend, Philip 
Fuller, Andrew H. 
Gage, A. K. 
Garrett, James H. 
Gedge, George 
Gellattey, James R. 
Gentile, Charles 
Goldsmith, Louis 
Goldstone, Louis 
Grady, James 
Greenbaum, Jacob 
Greenhood, Wm. W. 
Gump, Solomon 
Haas, George 
Hahn, Seligman 
Haight, Henry H. 
Hannon, William 
Hanscomb, John 0. 
Hansen, Peter A. . 
Harris, Daniel 
Harris, James H. 
Hartmeyer, Lewis 
Haubrick, Benj. 
Hecht, Abraham E. 
Helbing, August 
Henderson, Alf. H. 
Henderson, John 
Hickie, Henry 
Hines, Herman 
Hinman, L. A. 
Hollinshead, Jere.V. 
Hughes, Henry 
Hunter, Lewis C. 
Irvine, William 
Isaac, Joseph 
Jaensens, Lars Peter 
Johnson, Christ. E. 
Jones, Seneca 

Kamps, Fred. W. 
Kent, Richard 
Kerr, Earl 
Kervan, Thomas 
Keyser, Ezra F. 
King, Henry L. 
Kittridge, John R. 
Kohiman, Sol. 
Kullraan, Louis 
Kiiner, Albert 
Leppein, Frederick 

Levingstone, Frank 
Levy, John 
Levy, Philip 
Levy, S. W. 
Locke, Samuel 
Mather, Robert 
Marble, Nelson 
Mausbach, Emanuel 
McClnre, William 
McComb, John 
Mclntyre, James 
McKew, John 
McNiel, Daniel 
Mead, Charles H. 
Melbourn, Joseph 
Merritt, Samuel F. 
Meyer, Charles 
Morton, Thomas 
Mouser, Silas M. 
Muir, Adam 
Murray, George I. 
Myers, Henry 
Nash, Jacob 
Nathan, B. 
Newbouer, Joseph 
Newbouer, H. W. 
Ohmau, Andrew H. 
O'Neill, Robert 
Orr, William H. 

Paget, George W. 
Parker, Charles H. 
Penlington, Thomas 
Pickel, Conrad 
Pierce, Nelson 
Porter, Horace 
Poulson, Peter W. 
Rankin, Edward 
Reed, Thomas 
Reigelhaupt, Philip 
Reiser, Theodore 
Richardson, William 
Rosenblatt, Samson 
Roth, Remy F. 
Ruje, Antonio R. 
Ryder, Charles H. 
Ryland, Richard 
Samuels, Adolph 
Schneider, John J. 
Selig, Simon 
Seller, Joseph 
Simon, S. L. 
Simpson, Thomas B. 
Stanton, Andrew P. 
Sternheim, Samuel 
Stuart, William 
Sweet, Solomon 
Toelken, Herman 
Tommerup, J. P. E. 
Treat, George 
Urie, James S. 
Yan Hagan, I. P. 
Wangenhim, A. L. 
Wasserman, A. 
Weiderhol, Charles 
Wertheimer, Emanuel 
Willets, Edward A. 
Wilson, Joseph L. 
Winkle, Henry 
Woodhead, George 

Henderson, Frank — 1. 

Friedman, Henry Sutherland, Edwin— 2. 


Craik, John Diamond, John Wolf, L. J.— 3. 



Cameron, Duncan— 1. Staglich, L. Frank — 2. 

Welsh, James — 1. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Spanish Flat, El Dorado Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John D. Skinner, Master, Thomas Long, Senior Deacon, 

William L. Reed, Senior Warden, 
John L. Lawyer, Junior Warden, 
Leopold Sterns, Treasurer, 
James N. Steele, Seci-etary, 

John D. Skinner. 

Demnth, Reuben 

Chandler, Robert 


John McGraw, Junior Beacon, 
William C. Anderson, Marshal, 
Noah C. Ventres, j 
James Moon, 
David Martin, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Markle, John A. 

Chubb, Oliver T. 

Leopold Sterns. 

McManniss, Thomas — 14. 
Hughes, James H.— 3. 


San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


Carstein Hildebrandt, Master, 
Charles H. Eldredge, Senior Warden, 
William Cashman, Junior Warden, 
William C. Dyer, Treasurer, 
Henry M. Beach, Secretary, 

JohnF. Pugh, Senior Deacon, 
Arthur McCracken, Junior Deacon, 
Andrew Phister, Marshal, 
Wiiliam P. Lambert, ) 
Antone Sehottler, f *"***, 

Isaac S. Locke, (of Calij ornia Lodge, No. 1,) Tyler. 

Henry M. Beach, 

Past Masters : 

Edward Egan, 

Charles P. Chesley. 

Allen, James 
Andrews, Jerry 
Appleton, David E. 
Bamber, Wm. F. 
Breyfogle, Wm. 0. 
Brown, Thomas 
Bryant, Andrew J. 
Buch, Joseph S. 
Buddington, Walter 
Bush, John 
Chambers, Geo.W. 
Cochrane, Robert 
Corley, Henry 
Cosgrove, John 

Crofts, John J. 
Crosby, Fred. W. 
Davis, Charles E. 
Debney, Gerard 
Dillon, John 3. 
Dott, Andrew 
Doyle, Hugh 
Farnam, Edward 
Ferguson, William 
Flathman, Claus 
Foley, Cristop'r C. 
Gallagher, James J. 
Gray, Henry M. 
Green, Thomas 

Hanson, Chas. H. 
Harris, Geo. W. 
Hayden, James 
Holland, John R. 
Hosking, John 
Imbrie, Augustus C 
Johnson, Peter 
K>ndall, Thomas 
Kirnan, John 
Kilpatrick, Francis 
Knop, Elfort 
Laflin, James 
Mahan, F. J. 
McCann, James 

McCarthy, Eugene 
McCormack, Charles 
McCullough, Samuel 
Miller, Peter C. 
Munro, John 
Nicholaysen, Frank 
Xicholaysen, Theo. 
Nightingale, Wm. J. 
Parker, Harvey D. 
Phillips, John 
Priestly, Charles J. 
Richards, Orlando S. 
Richards, Wm. H. 
Richardson, Jesse 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Robins, Wm. J. 
Ryan, John 
Ryder, Charles B. 
Schammell, Henry 
Shear, Edwin E. 

Simpson, James 
Simpson, Wm. K. 
Sqnarza, Vincent 
Stahmann, Albert 

Stamp, John 
Steil, Henry 
Stewart, John 
Sutter, Emil V. 

Tiklen, HeberM. 
Wallace, Thomas 
Woods, David C. 
Yates, George E. 


Maginn, Henry — 1. 

Cunningham, M. C. 
Driscoll, Daniel 

Lynch, Thomas McCord, Edwin S.— 2. 

Ferris, Richard Gordon, Upton M. Hoadley, James H. 

Fleming, James P. Grover, Samuel H. —7. 

Greer, David Wilkes--!. 

CURTIS LODG-E, No. 140. 

Cloverdale, Sonoma County. 
Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Thomas Johnson, Master, Harry Kier, Secretary, 

Thomas J. Gould, Senior Warden, Frank M. Lamb, Senior Deacon, 

David C. Brush, Junior Warden, John Field, Junior Beacon, 

John A. C. Thompson, Treasurer, Theodore Marble, Tyler. 

Past Master: 

Thomas Johnson. 

Bain, Peter B. Carrie, J. A. Klieser, J. A. 

Brush, William T. Cook, Charles Ormsby, L. M. 

Burger, James S. Harrison, Wm. J. Shores, Leander 

Stockwell, Martin V. 
Warner, John 
Wormer, Matthew 

Heald, Jacob G 

Board, William 

Estes, Jefferson B. 
Levy, Michael 


Wambold, D. W.— 2. 

Aiblens, James R. Shelford, Peter— 3. 
McGuire, Preston B. Prince, Peter Ward, James A.- 

McGuire, William C. 


Grafton, Yolo County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next succeeding Fidl Moon. 


John S. Miller, Secretary, 
Alexander Mills, Senior Deacon, 
Julius Martin, Junior Deacon, 
John Plumer, Tyler. 

Johu W. Snowball, Master, 
Louis A. Murdock, Senior Warden, 
Isaac J. Ely, Junior Warden, 
Bobert Roberts, Treasurer, 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

John W. Baldwin, 

Past Masters : 

Robert Roberts, 

John W. Snowball. 


Hamblin, Hugh P. Leathers, John A. Roseberry, James 

Lewis, George B. Schnegass, Henry 

McClintock, Jas. R. Sutton, George 

Murdock, William Turner, A. C— 26. 

Barney, Carey 

Bell, William S. Hoffman, Geo. W. 

Dunham, Thomas J. Kirk, Thomas D. 
Gill, James W. Kness, Andrew 

Gwnin, Francis S. 

Clarke, Thomas W. Copp, Wm. H. H. Griffin, Joseph— 3 

McClintock, James R. — 1. 
Barnes, James E. Clarke, W. J. Smith, Hiram— 3. 

Ledford, Wm. R.— 1. 


Colusa, Colusa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


James M. Wilson, Master, John B. De Jarnatt, Secretary, 

Robert R. Rush, Senior Warden, 
Jackson Hart, Junior Warden, 
William W. Greene, Treasurer, 

John A. McClain, Senior Deacon, 
Richard Jones, Junior Beacon, 
Otho S. Mason, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

William F. Goad. 

Allen, William T. 
Barrows, Robert 
Botts, Thomas A. 
Burtis, Stephen 
Cain, Isaac N. 
Cheney, John 
Culp, JohnM. 
Davis, Maberry 
Estill, William K. 
Goad, James W. 
Goodrid, William 
Graham, Edwin R. 

Cook, Henry H. 

Gregory, Henry 
Hamilton, Lewis E. 
Harris, Stewart 
Howard, James L. 
Johns, George W. 
Johnson, Andrew J. 
Jones, Gilman 
Kilgore, J. F. 
King, Thomas C. 
Logan, Hugh A. 
Marshall, W. W. 

McAtee, Frank H. 
Mead, Alfred 
Nelson, William L. 
Ramsey, John B. 
Renfro, L. C. 
Rush, John A. 
Schorn, A. W. 
Sherman, A. L. 
Shutt, George V. 
Simmons, Sylv'r R. 
Smith, Edward J. 

Smith, Stephen 
Spalding, Frank 
Stanton, Joseph B. 
Talbot, Thomas J. 
Turner, John B. 
Utter, Eliakin S. 
Yan Dorston, H. A. 
Washburn, P. L. 
Wilson, James C. 
Woods, J. Hop 
Worley, H. H.— 54. 

Perkins, Robert H. Spalding, Charles Wall, John B.— 4. 

Elsey, Charles — 1. 

Thompson, Joseph W.— 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Onisbo, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Reuben Kercheval, Master, Dwight Holister, Secretary. 

Solomon Runyon, Senior Warden, 
Malachi Kanaday, Junior Warden, 
Stephen T. Morse, Treasurer, 

James V. Sims, Senior Deacon, 
Joseph E. Pratt, Junior Deacon, 

, Tyler. 

Pool, Josiah Runyon, Jared Tyler, Walker C. Walker, Thomas C. 


Barton, Charles A. Dodson, Rituer 

Henry, Augustus M. Wheelan, Alanson 



San Francisco, San Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Tuesday in each month. 


Alfred C. Waitt, Master, 
William M. Cubery, Senior Warden, 
Lamson S. W T elton, Junior Warden, 
Edward W. Schneider, Treasurer, 
William H. Loring, Secretary, 
James T. Doyen, Chaplain, 

Milton H. Myrick, Senior Deacon, 
Charles Josselyn, Junior Deacon, 
Silas Selleck, Marshal, 
John F. Larrabee, 
William J. Younger, 



James Pullman, 
Alfred C. Waitt, 

Adams, George R. 
Allison, Wm. D. 
Athearn, William 
Averill, Chester 
Barry, Edward 
Bell, John 
Bent, Edward F. 
Best, John T. 
Blair, Augustine W. 
Bousfield, Fred. H. 
Bradshaw Turrell T. 
Briggs, Benjamin F. 
Brown, Frank E. 
Brumagim, John W. 
Calvert, John 

Ira C. Root, (of California L., No, 1,) Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

William F. Dorrance, Milton H. Myrick, Marcus A. Edmonds. 


Carlson, Edward 
Carter, John W. 
Clark, Orange 
Clayton, Charles 
Cooper, Eugene T. 
Cornell, Herbert S. 
Craig, John 
Crittenden, Chas. S. 
Cutter, James H. 
Dunham Benj. F, 
Eaton, Jcnas A. 
Eldridge, J. Oscar 
Ellis, Henry H. 
Ellis, Moses 
Elwell, David A. 

Evans, Gomer 
Everett, A. P. 
Farran, Chas. J. 
Fiske, Henry G. 
Garrett, William T. 
Geary, John F. 
Gib on, Thomas 
Goddard, Squire B. 
Godley, Montgomery 
Grant, Thomas C. 
Green, Adam T. 
Greenwood, Munroe 
Hartshorne, Benj.M. 
Hathaway, Edm. V. 
Healy, Charles S. 

Hendley, A. C. 
Heron, James 
Heuer, W^m. H. 
Heuston, H. M. 
Highton, Edward 
Hinckley, Frank 
Hofmann, Jos. A. 
Holcombe,Sam'l E. 
Hollis, William 
Holt, John H. 
Hooper, Wm. B. 
Hubbard, Adolp's S. 
Hunter, John V. 
Hyde, Richard E* 
Jarboe, John R. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Jones, Evan E. 
Jost, (Jharles 
Kellogg, Charles W. 
Lacy, Thomas J. P. 
Lawson, James S. 
Leighton, John A. 
Lemon, Charles 
Locke, S. Morris 
Louderback, And.A. 
Lowell, Nathan R. 
Ludlum, Thomas B. 
Lyons, John 
Mathews, Edwin G. 
Mathews, Henry E. 
Mayhew, H. Allen 
McGregor, Alex. E. 
McMechan, James 

Miller, Cornelius B. 
Newhall, Henry M. 
Nicholson, John H. 
Norcross, Daniel 
Otto, Charles 
Paige, Charles A. 
Parker, Joseph M. 
Partridge, Edw'd B. 
Paxton, Andrew B. 
Pearson, James W. 
Perrins, John 
Phillips, Richard 
Raymond, Wm. P. 
Robinson, Cornel P. 
Rogers, Fordyce H. 
Rosie, Walter 
Russell, George H. 

Sampson, Fred. W. 
Sawyer, Lorenzo 
Scranton, Charles E, 
Scripture, Henry D. 
Shattuck, Charles C 
Shattuck, Dustin D. 
Sherman, William 
Smith, Sidney M. 
Stanyan, Charles H. 
Stearnes, Hiram A. 
Stillman, J. D. B. 
Stoddart, David 
Story, Charles R. 
Story, George L. 
Swain, Harry F. 
Swett, John 
Taylor, Samuel P. 

Teschemacher, Hy.F. 
Van Ness, Cornelius 
Van Pelt, Peter 
Voris, Isaac N. 
Wallace, James H. 
Walrath, Austin 
Walton, N. C, Jr. 
Waterman, Fred. H. 
Wilson, John Y. 
Williams, Joseph 
Williamson, R. S. 
Winchester, John P. 
Wood, Abraham 
Wood, Joseph 
Wooster, John B. 
Wright, John 
Young, Thomas 


Cole, Lyman — 1. 

Besse, John N, Brown, George S. Plummer, Charles B. Williams, Cyril— 4. 


Shannon, Edward L. — 1. 

Coghill, William N 1. 


Bloomfield, Sonoma County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Charles Haggedon, Senior Beacon, 
Patrick Murray, Junior Beacon , 
Hans Guldager, ) 
Theodore Todd, [ Stewards, 
John Horsely Tyler. 
Past Masters : 
Charles R. Arthur, William G. Lee, T. G. Cockrill, P. 8. G. W. Nelson B. Shaw. 

Charles R. Arthur, Master, 
Nelson R. Shaw, Senior Warden 
Hugh Isom, Junior Warden, 
Cuthbert White, Treasurer, 
Jared C. Hoag, Secretary, 

Ball, Geo. W. 
Beck, Hiram J. 
Corwin, William S. 
Dutton, Warren 
Furgeson, Peter 

Gentry, James C. Lake, William D. 
Gilham, Wm. W. Miner, James L. 
Kuffel, Isaac Parish, David 

Laffenberger, Mich'l Patterson, Ansel S. 

Peters, Charles 
Purine, A. S. 
Titamore, C. S. 
Zuver, John W.— 20. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Goodman, L. S.— 1. Titamore, C. S.— 1. 


Bedell, Edward Parker, E. D. Robinson, B. K. Wolf, Charles— 4. 


Draper, Jarnes Keys, John Rose, James R.— 3. 

ABELL LODGE, No. 146. 

Ukiali, Mendocino Connty. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon, 


Cyrus C. Cummings, Master, Thomas B, Bond, Senior Deacon, 

Joseph B. Lamar, Senior Warden, 
Isaac Isaac, Junior Warden, 
N. S. Fanning, Treasurer, 
Thomas L. Carothers, Secretary, 

John F. Todd, Junior Deacon, 
George W. Gibson, Marshal, 
Samuel Orr, 
John R. Short, 


Benjamin Henderson, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

James Anderson, 

Cyrus C. Cummings. 

Apperson, F. A. 
Bonner, J. D. 
Briggs, Moses C. 
Brown, 0. H. P. 
Budd, Edwin R. 
Cleveland, JasperW 
Cleveland, M. V. 
Cole, William M. 
Elledge, William C. 
Force, William H. 

Gibson, Andrew J. 
Gobbie, Daniel 
Hagans, W. A. 
Hagans, William B. 
Henry, William 
Henry, John R. 
Host, William 
Jamison, James A. 
Johnson,Wm. Neely 
Killbourne, Wm. V. 

Lindberg, John P. 
McClintock, W r m. 
McGarvey, Robert 
Meredith, William 
Montgomery, And 
Montgomery ,Thos. 
Moore, L. W. 
Morton, Harvey 
Philbrick, Thos. C 
Potter, William 

Russell, Stephen S. 
Schlesinger, Oscar 
Shore, James A. 
Son, Charles J. 
Steene, William J. 
P.Updegraff, Jacob 
Vaun, William H. 
Wilhite, William L. 
Williams, Samuel G. 
Wright, Berry— 52. 

Mackall, J. W.— 1. 


Meredith, D. W. Rowlison, J. G.— 2. 


McCormick, Joseph— 1. Owen, Thomas W. — 1. 

254 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Rolmerville, Humboldt County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Horace S. Case, Master, Abner D. Sevier, Secretary, 

Alexander P. Guthrie, Senior Warden, Charles Becker, Senior Deacon, 

Matthew Perrotte, Junior Warden, , Junior Deacon, 

Joseph Feigenbaum, Treasurer, J. B.Howard, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Thomas Hart, Abner D. Sevier, Horace S. Case. 

Atkinson, Wm. E. Feigenbaum,Bened't Martin, Augustus Smith, Benj. K. 
Buyatte, Louis Harden, Hugh Mast, Stephen Sweasey, Thos. J. 

Davis, H. J. Hicks, Leonard S. McAuliff, Dennis R. Webster, W. J. 

Davis, John B. Hiller, George Richards, C. Wesley Wolverton, Alfred 

Derr, Peter Houck, Peter Singley, David H. Wright, Seaman 

Dungan, Jesse H. Hunter, Thomas Singley,"George H. — 31. 


Cooper, John W. Dobyns, William— 2. 


Chadd, George W. Graham, John G. Hindley, Henry— 3. 


Bjerke, Ole Hubbard, Samuel Reynolds, John Taylor, Archibald 

Cook, Charles Patrick, Nehemiah Soule, Hannibal S. —7. 

Halley, John Seaverns, Henry H. —2. 

Delaseaux, Albert — 1. 


Snsanville, Iiassen County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday oj or next succeeding Full Moon. 


John S. Ward, Master, William Hill Naileigh, Senior Deacon, 

John Lambert, Senior Warden, C. F. Williams, Junior Deacon, 

Z. N. Spalding, Junior Warden, Thomas H. Epley, Marshal, 

F. M. Grippin, Treasure?*, John W. Hosselkus, | 

William H. Crane, Secretary, William H. Hall, \ Stewards, 

Alexander T. Arnold, Tyler. 
Fast Master : 
John S. Ward. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Anderson, Colin 
Arnold, Cutler 
Bangham, Eber B. 
Banks, John A. 
Bass, Richard 
Bennett, Geo. A. 
Bowman, Edwin D. 
Brockman, William 
Clark, Nathan 
Clark, Wm. H. 
Corse, William 
Crawford, Wm. N. 
Davis, John C. 
Dodd, Wm. B. 

Arnold, Leroy 
Campbell, W. A. 
Campbell, W. A. 

Dodds, Wm. H. 
Drake, Frank 
Fisher, Thomas M. 
Goodrich, C. C. 
Hamilton, Judson G. 
Hamilton, Robert 
Harrison, Wm. R. 
Hood, Oscar 
Howard, Geo. W. 
Hughes, Starling B. 
Hullsman, John F. 
Johnson, Robert 
Kelley, John D. 


Kingsbury, W T m. C 
Kingsbury, Wm. V. 
Knoch, David 
Leavitt, Benj. H. 
Le Roy, Albert R. 
Lockwood, John R. 
Lybarger, Geo. R. 
McDaniel, John 
Murry, Daniel 
Painter, Benj. B. 
Peed, Frank 
Robinson, Milton J. 
Sheldon, Benj. F. 

Shumway, Benj. E. 
Sloss, F. A. 
Smith, Albert A. 
Streshley, Orlando 
Stiles, Lyman C. 
Talbert, Henry 
Taylor, Paschal 
Tithrington. David 
White, Cyrus B. 
Wilson, Benj. F. 
Winchett, Hiram 
Wright, Henry H. 
Wright, John C— 64. 

Cilley, Greenleaf Hayden, Robert D. Lambert, Q. T— 4. 

Ebner, George Harrison, Wm. R. Wells, Almon B. — 4. 

Ebner, George Holbrook, Chas. E. Wells, Almon B.— 4. 


Emmerson, C. T. Long, W. B. Prebble, L. F. Richmond, Horatio G. 


Dobyns, George H. Partridge, Hiram L. Roop, Isaac X.— 3. 


Tehama, Tehama County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Robert H, Blossom, Master, 
John Simpson, Senior Warden, 
Ben Levensohn, Junior Warden, 
John James, Treasurer, 
Charles Harvey, Secretary, 

Aaron Badt, Senior Beacon, 
Andrew Simpson, Junior Beacon, 
Sidney A. Griggs, Marshal, 
John L. Jackman, j 
David F. Parkinson , \ Stewards > 

Nicholas T. Chambers, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Henry W. Brown, Robert H. Blossom. 

Baumgarten, Henry Decker, James M. Heider, Christian Nordyke. Wm. J. 
Burson, John Dunnigan, Wm. Jeffrees, G. W. Rea, Thomas 

Burtt, Wm. M. Galland, Joseph B. Knox, W. Lee Ryan, Thomas 

Bryan, Morrison M. Gidney, A. M. Luce, James L. Toomes, Albert G. 

Champlin, George Gimmell, John Miller, Wallace W. Wilson, Henry C. 

Chard, Wm. G. Hazlett, Chas. F. Noland, Francis —35. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Jeffrees, G. \V._ 1. 

Hyatt, George Henry — 1. 

Black, Robert — 1. 


Placerville, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

James F. Kingsley, Master, Egbert B. Knowlton, Senior Deacon, 

George Burnham, Senior Warden, Alburn J. Blakeley, Junior Deacon, 

Oliver V. Morris, Junior Warden, John D. Boop, Marshal, 

Thomas Fraser, Treasurer, Charles H. Weatherwax, ) ^f ey . ar( i s 

Ralph J. Van Voorhies, Secretary, Marco Vorazzo, j 

Theodorte Eisfeldt, Sr., Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

William H. Crocker, 

George H. Gilbert. 


Allen, John P. 
Bailey, James G. 
Berry, Irad F. 
Blair, John 
Chalmers, George 
Celio, Carlos G. 
Cowan ,Wm. Wallace 
Danz, Paul 
De Golia, Darwin 
De Witt, Lemuel B. 
Donalson, John 
Easton, Alexander 

Edge, Edward R. 
Edwards, Evan A. 
Gates, Benj. F. 
Hamilton, Nath. A. 
Howlett, George W. 
Hoxie, P. P. 
Hume, James B. 
Jewell, Godfrey 
Johnson, JohnC. 
Larned, Wellington 
Little, Hiram 
McDonald, Bryan 

McKinley, James 
Meacham, Benjamin 
Melvini, A. T. 
Myer, Michael 
Newman, Thomas 
Olson, Eraic 
Penwell, S. A. 
Pew, Benj. F. 
Phillips, J. W. D. 
Regan, Cornelius 
Rolleri, Joseph 

Shattuck, Chas. W. 
Shepard, Levi 
Spencer, L. 
Stew art ,Wm .Wallace 
Swan, George W. 
Turman, Byron I. 
Van Voorhies, A. A. 
Weaver, Samuel 
Wonderlich, John P. 
Wray, George W. 
Wright, Benj. F.— 59. 


Dench, John W. Gardella, Andrew — 2. 


Caystile, Thomas J. Hunger, Frederick Turnball, Robert 0.— 3. 


Cartheche, John Fryer, Samuel John— 2. 


Red Dog", Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, Friday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Robert McGoun, Master, 
Frank Ennis, Senior Warden, 
Joseph BeaumontjJtmzor Warden. 
Edward Williams, Treasurer, 
Milton Coombs, Secretary, 

Willliam A. Begole, Senior Deacon, 
John.R. McQuoid, Junior Deacon. 
Robert West, Marshal, 
William A. Harris, Steward, 
William Cook, Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Past Masters \ 

William A. Begole, 

Robert McGoun. 

Chapin, Samuel L. 
Chew, Albert G. 
Clarke, Charles 
Drunzer, Peter 
Dixon, Joseph 
Gill, Isaac 

Latta, Samuel L. Reed, Ralph 
Lovejoy, Henry L. 
Mallory, Amasa H 
Martin, Noble 
Moore, Thomas R. 
Preble, Lucius W. 

Reed, William H. 
Remington, Benj. L. 
Rotch, Edward 
Stehr, Henry 
Thorndike, JohnH. 

Curran, Robert 


Grinnell, Alvin S. 

Thompson, Charles 
Tucker, Allen 
Ubill, Daniel 
Walker, James Z. 
Wood, Artemas N. 
Vincent, Nicholas 


Pearlman, Albert S.— 3. 


Woodland, Yolo County. 

Stated Meetings, Friday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Charles L. Black, Senior Deacon, 

Charles S. Frost, Master, 

, Senior Warden, 

John S. Cook, Junior Warden, 
Charles H. Gray, Treasurer, 
Oliver B. Westcott, Secretary, 

Adam Steiner, Junior Deacon, 
Alexander S. Armstrong, Marshal, 
Nathan Elliott, ) 
Albert H.Pratt, \ Stewards, 
W. Harper, Tyler. 

Nicholas Wyckoff, 
Thomas C. Pockman, 

Beasley, John L. 
Billingsley, W. C. 
Browning, Rob'tW. 
Browning, Wm. Y. 
Buckley, RoVt T. 
Burns, Daniel M. 
Coates, John 

Past Masters: 

Oliver B. Westcott, James K. Smith, 

Finch, Ziba Kaufman, George 

Freeman, FranklinS. Kelly, John M. 

Knauer, Elias 
Machfort, J. M. L. 
Mathews, Wright 
Morse, William 
Overshiner, J. J. 

Friel, Jerry 
Garoutte, Jere. M. 
Hall, Andrew J. 
Hyman, Morris 
Jacobs, Henry 


Frazier, Donald — 1. 


Deming, Theodore Dexter, Thomas J. 

Harlan, Micajah 0. Lowry, John W. 

Brown, F. M. 

Bray, Edward 
Connell, Hiram D. 


McCarty, A. P.— 1. 

George Rallston. 

Price, William 
Ray, Dennis 
Snyder, Monroe 
Steele, Samuel G. 
Thompson, Wm. 
Welch, Wm. C— 42. 

Fowler, Benj. — 4. 

York, Meredith R. 

Fabricius, George A. — 1. 


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Gibson ville, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Charles 0. McQuesten, Master, Edwin Stone, Senior Deacon, 

Carlos D. Jillson, Senior Warden, James McNaughton, Junior Beacon, 

Jesse A. Brown, Junior Warden, Michael Rutledge, Marshal, 

Amos G. Cole, Treasurer, Thomas F. Lawrence, ) o, . 7 

James E. Berry, Secretary, John F. Schultz, ) 

Joseph L. Jones, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Michael Rutledge, Abel McFarland, Charles O. McQuesten. 

Brown, Henry R. Hogate, Samuel C. McMartin,Finley A. Robson, August F. 
Dillon, John NT. Jackson, Willard S. Medcalf, Samuel Scheeline, Alex. 

Francis, Robert Kellip, William Moore, Thomas J. Schofield, Miles 

Guthrie, James P. Kenn, Alex. Noxen, James E. Sheppard, R. D. 

Hagemann, Charles Ladd, Truman W. Pantin, William L. Stone, Nathan H. 
Hampson, Henry C. Lange, William F. Patterson, George Wright, Henry — 38 
Hogan, Martin McDowell, Thos. C. 


Kahrs, Gerhard Miller, J. W.— 2. 


Burr, Charles Dudley, Tyler Sim, William W.— 3. 


Pilot Hill, El Dorado Connty. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John Bishop, Master, John W. Gains, Senior Deacon, 

George B. Mudd, Senior Warden, Francis B. Peacock, Junior Deacon, 

Gilbert N. Brown, Junior Warden, Samuel S. Blue, Marshal, 

Daniel Russell, Treasurer, Griffith L. Jones, j 

Charles H. Jones, Secretary, David D. Clark, J rewards, 

Ernest Mortenson, Tyler. 
Past Master : 

William K. Creque. 

Bayley, Alex. J. Comfort, Aaron R.^; Matherly, William H. Smith, William D. 
Bennetts, Wm. H. Goodpaster, George Neville, Francis A. Story, De Witt C. 
Clow, Stephen C. Maning, Munson W. Schrieber, Simon —23. 

Lovejoy, Loriston H. Martin, John S.— 2. 

Boswell, Andrew J. — 1. 

Grand Lodge of California. 



Copperopolis, Calaveras County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Lafayette Thrill, Master, 
William H. Case, Senior Warden, 
Barlow Dyer, Junior Warden, 
Thomas R. Eadie, Treasurer, 
John M. Baker, Secretary, 

Joab W. Griswold, 


Bargeman, Herm.J. Farley, A. B. 
Bowen, Marcus L. Hackett, John C 
Brown, John M. Jones, Morgan 

Thomas Crawford, Senior Deacon, 
James Caven, Junior Deacon, 
Henry C. Russell, Marshal, 
Jacob Prout, 
James Noal, 
John P. Millner, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Thomas R. Eadie, Thomas Cutler. 


Macy, Albert F. Pike, Jacob M. 
Meader, Joseph B. Pope, William— 23. 

Ottmon, Hermon Prout, John — 2 

Donnels, Thomas 

Chapman, Leonard J. 

Lavilla, Vincina — 1. 
Honigsberger, Louis King, William A.— 3. 

Crab tree, Mark — 2. 


Sierra City, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next succeeding Full Moon 


Hartwell H. Bigelow, Master, 
John Brann, Senior Warden, 
James R. Peacock, Junior Warden, 
James Corcoran, Treasurer, 
William H. Gunsolus, Secretary, 

Edwin Ransom Davis, 

John H. Buitman, Senior Deacon, 
August C. Busch, Junior Deacon, 
Henry Warner, ) 
JohnSiIverwooc1,f 5teu;a, - ds ' 
Alexander Black, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Abner K. Vanderwarker, John H. Buitman. 


Beatie, John 
Burson, David H. 
Callesen, Thomas 
Clark, Lafayette 
Creveling, E. N. L. 

Farrish, Wm. A. 
Hannah, John 
Higgins, Edward 
Luther, Wm. T. 

Maussang, A. 
Nelson, Gustaf 
Rodgers, Edward 
Rodgers, James 

Rowland, Robert A. 
Scott, John A. 
Wilcox, Schuyler 


Blohm, John A. Ingram, Jos. 

Phillips, Thomas 

Vanderwarker, Abner K.— 4. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


San Francisco, San Francisco Connty. 

Stated Meetings 7 third Wednesday in each month. 

James Anderson, Master, 
William A. Stuart, Senior Warden, 
Henry L. Cohen, Junior Warden, 
James Craig, Treasurer, 
Thomas Y. McNally, Secretary, 


Charles X. Fuentes, Senior Deacon, 
Samuel J. Fletcher, Junior Beacon, 
Henry Edwards, Marshal, 
John F. Kirby, 
Charles B. Heald, 



James Oglesby, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Lawrence C. Owen, Stewart Menzies, Addison Martin, 
Thomas Kyle, George S. Hull, John F. Morse, 

Theodore E. Smith, Washington Ayer, Henry H. Rhees, 

James Oglesby, 
John D. Creigh. 


Alexander, Jas. B. 
Alvres, Andrew J. 
Atkinson, Thos. T. 
Ballard, George 
Barney, Thomas V. 
Barry, Robert 
Bell, John 
Blake, Philip H. 
Brooks, Thomas H. 
Brown, Irason C. 
Brown, James A. 
Bryan, Charles H. 
Butters, John S. 
Casey, Thomas 
Cherry, John W. 
Clark, Seymour B. 
Cofran, George 
Collie, William H. 
Cook, Daniel 
Davis, James 
Davis, Richard 
Davis, William H. 

Donnellan, Benj.C. 
Dore, Benjamin 
Doud, Aaron 
Dreyfus, Benjamin 
Dunlap, William 
English, Edward 
Farnsworth,David L. 
Fitzjohn, Alfred 
Garfield, John Q. 
Gay, John G. 
Goldstein, Moses 
Greenwald, Frank J. 
Hall, Charles R. 
Harloe, Marcus 
Heath, Henry C. 
Herzo, John 
Hicks, William B. 
Hobbs, Caleb S. 
Hobbs,J.K. S. 
Huer, Geo.C.W. 
Hutchinson, Wm. L. 
Jacobs, Morris E. 
Kelley, Terrence B. 
Kentzell, Wm. H. 

Killip, Joseph N. 
Kincaid, John E. 
Kohn, Isaac 
Madison, John 
May, John A. 
McCafferey, Thomas 
McDonald, Robert 
McPherson, John 
Mc Quarry, Thomas 
Michelson, Peter 
Miller, Abram D. 
Miller, Jacob F. 
Miller, Rassellas J. 
Mix, Alfred A. 
Moraghan, MichaelB 
Mordecai, Isaac T. 
Xaunton, George 
Neff, Charles 
Pearson, Henry H. 
Pilgrim, Henry K. 
Philbrick, Charles H. 
Potter, Wm. H. 
Prag, Martin 
Read, Wm. D. 

Reddish, Thomas J. 
Richards, John E. 
Rodgers, Peter R. 
Savage, John 
Scott, Abel F. 
Shaw, Ebenezer H. 
Smith, Henry 
Speed, Walter R. 
Stewart, Alex. H. 
Stoffer, Thomas 0. 
Sweet, Stephen S. 
Swenson, Gust. C. 
Thomas, John E. 
Thompson, William 
. Tripp, Philander F. 
Tucker, Xion R. 
Tyler, John 
Yan Housen, Wm. 
Volberg, Charles C. 
Ward, Hugh 
Wneeler, Hiram S. 
White, John C. 
Whitney, George H. 
Winant,Samuel— 116. 

Field, Albert E.— 1. 

Shaber, John A. Walker, David — 2. 

Anthony, Edward T. Collins, George H, 
Barnhisel, Lewis Giffin, Oscar F. 
Bullock, AmasaW. Glen, Thomas 
Church, Andrew S. Graves, Wm. H. 

Yosburg, Isaac N. — 1. 


Hanley, James 
Heverin, Michael 
McLeod, George 
Pocock, Win. R. T. 

Rodgers, James G. 
Thorndike, Chas. H. 
Tilden, Henry X. 
Wood, Wm. IT. — K». 

Keller, Levi Yalentine, John— 1 

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Centreville, Alameda County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 

Lorenzo G. Yates, Master, Henry Hagan, Senior Beacon, 

Perry Morrison, Senior Warden, Edward Neihaus, Junior Beacon, 

John Lowrie, Junior Warden, Samuel J. Marston, Marshal, 

John Threfall, Treasurer, Ozias B. Simpson, ) 

George W. Bond, Secretary, Henry Miller, J stewards > 

William Milton, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

James Beazell, Lorenzo G. Yates. 

Barry, William Haley, Caleb S. McDavid, Andrew J. Ralph, Joseph 

Beard, John L. Haley, John McLeod, Andrew J. Ruckledge,Robinson 

Beebe, Geo. A. Hall, Robert B. McLeod, James W. Scott, Thomas 

Bergman, Nathan Hirsh, Bernard Moore, James M. Tabbett, Daniel S. 

Bonsell, Edward S. Jorden, William M. Munch, Charles Trumble, Albert W. 

Dixon, Matthew W. Kampf, John Nash, Jerome L. Walker, Jared T. 

Ellsworth, Henry G. * Laumeister, JohnA. Overacker, How. J. Whiddon, William 
Pergodo, E. S. Livingston, Henry Peacock, Geo. W. Winn, M. L.— 45. 

Goyett, John 

Bilz, John A. Scott, Alexander F — 2. 

Davis, Richard A. Kauce, Frank Pratt, Charles H — 3. 


Nichols, Enos — 1. 


Livermore, Oliver S.— 1. 


Redwood City, San Mateo County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Samuel M. Cook, Master, Horatio N. Nutting, Secretary, 

Andrew Teague, Senior Warden, Nelson Dennis, Senior Beacon, 

Dennis G. Leary, Junior Warden, Sigismund Bornstein, Junior Beacon, 

Thomas W. Lathrop, Treasurer, Charles M. Wagner, Steward, 

Frederick Koch, Tyler. 

* Reported heretofore as Henry A. Lawmaster. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Past Master : 

Thomas W. Lathrop. 

Ames, John Eikerinkotter, Aug. Hillebrand, Henry Noble, Thomas H. 

Annis, A. G. Fox, Charles N. Hughes, William Page, William 

Clark, William A. Gillem, Benjamin T. Johnston, John Peers, Alexander 

Crabtree, SethH. Harmon, George S. Johnston, John 2d Sargent, B. S. 

Ditmars, Thomas T. Haskins, Aaron McGarvey, Owen Smoot, Lysander 

Donnelly, John Hayes, Beniamin H. Murray, Calvin A. Vader, Jas. M.— 33. 

O'Neil, Thomas Poole, John— 2. 

Vader, James M. — 1. 

Ames, Josiah P. Buckley, Thos. W. Hatch, James Keefe, Dennis— i. 

Barnes, Thomas L. Chew, Allen W.— 2. 

Husing, Henry — 1. 
Alfrey, James Callahan, William Denniston, James G. (F. C.)— 3. 


San Francisco, Sail Francisco County. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 

John Shaw Scott, Master, 
Jerome Spaulding, Senior Warden 
Thomas Magilton, Junior Warden, 
William Ede, Treasurer, 
Thomas Livesey, Secretary, 


Francis X. Murray, Senior Beacon, 
, Frederick Oehne, Junior Deacon, 

Brice S. Taylor, Marshal, 
Thornton Thompson, j 
John Harrington, | 

■ Stewards, 

Alexander Eaton, 

Anderson, Edward 
Avery, Clark 
Babcock, George 
Baxter, Matthew 
Bensell, Chas. W. 
Bernard, Isaac 
Bestor, Henry T. 
Boyd, Geo. W. 
Brooks, William H. 
Brown, James 

Alexander Eaton, Tyler. 
Past Masters: 

Elias Rodecker, Benj. F. Shakespere, 

Brown, Theo. A. P. 
Caldwell, Charles 
Caldwell, Joseph A. 
Chadwick, Nath. G. 
Cheesman, Robt. B. 
Chittenden, Chas. R. 
Coffin, Rodolphus W. 
Connolly, James E. 
Cording, Joseph H 
Crane, Samuel P. 

Crisman, Chas. L. 
Cunningham, P. R. 
Cutting, Calvin W. 
Dodge, Josiah W. 
Doig, George F. 
Dolan, James F. 
Dorland, Henry fe. 
Douglass, Geo. W. 
Dunlop, Samuel 
Dweyer, Timothy 

William Bradford. 

Fairfield, Marshall 
Gray. W. Vallance 
Hamlin, George 
Hanlon, Daniel 
Harrington, F. B. 
Hasty, Alonzo P. 
Hawes, Elisha 
Hendy, Samuel 
Hobkirk. Peter 
Hock, Henry 

Grand Lodge of California. 

Hopkins, Mortimer 
Houghton, James B. 
Hyams,Frederick N. 
Ingraham, John S. 
Johnson, Wm. H. 
Jones, Chas. L. B. 
Keleher, James 
Kilday, Patrick 
Knapp, Albert 
Latham, James 
Locke, Edward G. 
Manning, Dennis 
Marshutz,Wm. B. 
McGill, Joseph 
McLaughlin, David 

McQuoid, Joseph 
Miller, AbramJ. 
Miller, George W. 
Millman, Ne'h G. 
Noble, Alonzo T. 
O'Brien, Patrick R. 
Ogden, Benj. F. 
Parker, Abraham H 
Parker, Isaac 
Parker, Rufus 
Patten, Henry 
Purinton, Byron 
Quint, Geo. W. 
Robinson, Wm. H. 
Ruddock, George 

Samuel, Joseph 
Sanches, Rand'hP. 
Scott, Edwin G. 
Shaw, Le Fevre A. 
Shaw, Oliver B. 
Simon, Louis 
Shapard, Louis J. 
Sheffield, Charles P. 
Smith, Adrian R. 
Smith, J. Grafton 
Stanley, Charles A. 
Steinle, Henry 
Stone, James H. 
Sumner, John H. 
Thompson, John 


Twichell,Wm. L. 
Urbais, John 
Van Schaak, Wm. 
Vigoureux, A. W. 
Walker, Edward 
Walker, Seth 
Walton, Thomas 
Waterhouse, Colum. 
Waterhouse, Fred. A. 
Wesson, Joseph W. 
Wilson, Peter S. 
Winants, Newell 
Woods, William H. 
Worth, William H. 

Dunham, Allen M. 

Helwig, Christian C. T. H.— 1. 
Fenton, Edward Meldrum, Charles K. — 3. 


Crane, Samuel P. 

Owens, James H. — 2. 

Joyner, William F. 
McLean, A. N. 

Milks, Ezna Rutherford, David Severance, William 

Owens, James H. -6. 


Bowen, Pardon M. — 1. 

Bowker, Enoch C. — 1. 


Elk Grove, Sacramento County. 

Stated Meetings j Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Thomas McConnell, Master, Richard Westlake, Secretary, 

Richard Allin, Senior Warden, 
A. J. Painter, Junior Warden, 
Obadiah S. Freeman, Treasurer, 

William G. Sullivan, Senior Deacon, 
Thomas Cotter, Junior Beacon, 
Nicholas Christophel, Tyler 

Past Masters : 

Thomas McConnell, James B. Maholm. 

Blunt, Levi Freeman, Isaac F. Snell, Chauncey N. Tavnor, Thomas M. 

Carr, John A. Richards, John A. Stevens, Andrew —16. 


Esenger, Michael— 1. Antrim, John M.— 1. 

264 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Springstead, Barnett Weathers, Benjamin F.— 2. 



Beckley, Byrum— 1. Hickland, Edward— 1. 


Dry town, Amador County. 

Stated Meetings, Wednesday next preceding Full Moon. 


John M. Hinkson, Master, Henry Burchell, Senior Deacon, 

Robert M. Gilmore, Senior Warden, Samuel B. Rhodes, Junior Deacon, 

William Jennings, Junior Warden, Daniel Worley, Marshal, 

Milton A. Hinkson, Treasurer, Nelson C. Hincksen, ) 

Daniel W. Bury, Secretary, William J. Wilson, J Stewards, 

Richard S. Hinkson, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

John M. Hinkson, William A. Norman. 

Andrus, Wm. H. Gallagher, Edward Louisohn, Susman Misner, Calder H. 
Armstrong, Wm. Hink, Louis Marshall, John Mitchell, William J. 

Eggleston, Lafa. C. Hinkson, Andrew H. McClure, William J. Nixon, Lyman 
Ferretti,Bartelomeo Hues, Samuel E. Milton, James H. Schairer, Frederick 


O'Brien, JohnH. Quigley, Bemus H.— 2. Hill, John B.— 1. 


Antioch, Contra Costa County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


William T. Cruikshank, Master, Thomas 0. Carter, Senior Deacon, 

Stephen Jessup, Senior Warden, James Roney, Junior Deacon, 

William Prosser, Junior Warden, John C. O'Brien, Marshal, 

Mark S. Levy, Treasurer, Charles P. Marsh, ) at ewar ^ $ 

Francis Williams, Secretary, Thomas S. Jones, j 

William Girvan, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Francis Williams, Roswell B. Hard, Wm T. Cruikshank, Charles A. Ruggles. 
John P. Walton, 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Baird, William 
Baker, Ferdinand M. 
Brown, Samuel 
Brown, Thomas S. 
Charnock, Richard 
Chase, John G. 
Cleaves, Daniel H. 
Copeland, George 
Cornwall, William 
Cross, Thomas J. 
Cruikshank, Jas. T. 
Cruikshank, John K. 

Davis, Alexander C. 
Davis, John G. 
Deemer, John F. 
Fassett, Harry W. 
Foreman, Wm. R. 
Gallagher, Henry C. 
Geary, Frederick 
Henderson, W. McD. 
Horswill, Frederick 
Hughes, John J. 
Jewett, Henry 
Kline, Mark 

Mahan, David P. 
Manson, William 
Maxson, Frank 
McNulty, James J. 
Menhennet, William 
Mertes, John 
Phillips, Wm. P. 
Prosser, Watkin 
Reddick, Alexander 
Roberts, Ellis 
Royes, Joseph 

Scales, Horace 
Siggings, Isaac 
Smith, Nathaniel W. 
Tamblyn, John 
Thomas, Evan 
Wall, George 
Webster, Robert 
Wesley, Henry B. 
Williams, John H. 
Wingate, Robert 
Wright, John E— 60. 

Evans James T. Trueworthy, Henry E.— 2. 

Carey, John E. W. Carey, Martin L. Evans, James J. Perry, Earl 0. — 5. 

Carey, Joseph F. 


Griffiu, Thomas Drysdale, William Neustadter, Bernard — 3. 


Peterson, Daniel J. — 1. 


Clark, Ezra C. 

Huper, John F.— 2. 


Siielling', Merced County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next succeeding Full Moon. 


Samuel N. Brown, Master, 
Silas March, Senior Warden, 
William L. Means, Junior Warden, 
Willis Mayers, Treasurer, 
William S. Weed, Secretary, 

Isaac H. Jacobs, Senior Beacon, 
Erastus Eagleson, Junior Deacon, 
Charles M. Blair, Marshal, 
Hiram C. Hines, 
William L. Silman, \ 

Stewards , 

Elbridge G. Rector, 

Breen, Nicholas 
Coats, William L. 
Culp, William M. 
Delashmutt, Bazil 
Dickinson, Samuel 
Gilbert, Wm. R. 
Hart, William J. 

Peter Shaver, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Sam'l P. Jackson, David McCrosky, 

Mark Howell. 


Hunter, Edward 
Jamison, David A. 
Johnson, William 

McSwain, Alex. C. 
Morrison, J. G. 
Pickens, John H. 

Kennon, Thomas M. Rhea, John J. 
Meany, Anthony J. Robertson, Jas. W. 
McFarlane, Wm. D. Scott, Moses H. 

Simon, Ephraim I. 
Talley, Absalom R. 
Ward, Isaac N. 
Welch, L. 

Wigginton, Peter D. 

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Dickinson, George W. Dudney, William. Lesperane, Frank— 3. 


Lake, George P. — 1. Silverberg, Samuel J. Stockird, John T.— 2. 


Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. 

Stated Meetings, last Saturday in each month. 

Edward D. Baker, Master, 
Edward J. Cook, Senior Warden, 
George W. Curtiss, Junior Warden, 
Richard E. Elliott, Measurer, 
William Cory, Secretary, 


William N. Kelly, Senior Deacon, 

Thomas S. Ruff, Junior Beacon, 

Nathaniel P. Pierce, Marshal, 

Samuel E. Blair, ; 


John T. Alsap, 

George E. Berry 
John Laughlin, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Allen Cullumber, 

Edwin Darling. 

Alters, Lewis J. 
Anderson, James A. 
Atwell, Thomas 
Beebe, James W. 
Berry, William J. 
Block, Barrat 
Bowers, Herbert 
Brooks, Hezekiah 
Dare, John T. 
Farrington, Rufus E 


Foster, Micah 
French, Washington 
Garside, Robert 
Grant, James 
Griffin, Norman L. 
Hathaway, Guilforth 
Hobart, Charles A. 
Hodges, Francis M. 
Kendall, George D. 
Lemon, Joseph C. 

Lount, George 
McCaffrey, James E. 
McCannon, Peter 
Mitchell, J as. E. G. 
Monihon, James D. 
Moore, Andrew J. 
Noyes, Albert 0. 
Ott, Hylor 
Pardee, Reuben 
Peeples, Abram H. 

Boblett, Edward A. 

Silverthorn, Wm. T. 


Bowers, Edward F. — 1. 


French, Newell A. 

Thede, Nicholas 

Pierce, Stephen Z. 
Reese, John L. 
Slack, John B. 
Sutherland, Jas. B. 
Vickers, John 
Walker, Joseph R. 
Wells, Edmond W. 
Wertheimer, Aaron 
Young, John — 53. 

Martin, John — 3. 

Whitcomb, Josiah — 3. 


San Bernardino, San Bernardino Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Horace C. Rolfe, Master, Siegmund Bergel, Senior Beacon, 

Isaac H. Levy, Senior Warden, 
Henry Suverkrup z, Junior Warden, 
Isaac I. Brunn, Treasurer, 
F. G. J. Morgetson, Secretary, 

Alexander Kier, Jr., Junior Beacon. 
Wood M. Andrews, Marshal, 
Jacob Rich, 
Hyman Goldberg, 


James Kelly, Tyler. 

Grand Lodge of California. 


Past Master : 

James A. Rosseau. 
Bergman, Jacob Jacobs, Lewis Marks, Joseph 

Burdick, Thomas H. Jewell, Lucian B. Mathews, Benj. J. 
Caro, Lewis King, John C. McCoy ,Wm. Wesley 

Crosby, Benj. S. Kingston, C. L. McKenny, A. F. 

Garner, Moses B. Lord, George Noble, Newton 

Huston, Daniel T. 

Waite, Sidney P.— 1. 

Satterwhite, John W. 
Sawyer, Joseph S. 
Tyler, U. U. 
Willis, Henry M. 
Winkler, August— 33 . 

Bound, P. E. 

Kelly, Thomas 
Washington, C. L — 1. 

Riche, Fernando L — 3. 


Mendocino, Mendocino Connty. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Erick J. Albertson, Master, M. C. Galvin, Senior Deacon, 

George R. Lowell, Senior Warden, Herman Kleinsmith, Junior Deacon. 

Alfred S. Nelson, Junior Warden, Willam H. Kelly, Marshal, 

Gebherd Hegenmeyer, Treasurer, Frank E. Warren, j stewards 

Benjamin A. Paddleford, Secretary, John Byrnes, 

James F. Nichols, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

Erick J. Albertson, 

Aaron Chalfont. 


Boyle, Toal 
Cheever, John G. 
Coombs, Richard G. 
Coombs, Silas 
Corney, I. T. 
Driscoll, John 
Frading, August 
Gough, John 
Gray, James W. 
Gregor, Alexander 
Griffin, James 

Booth, William 

Gschwind, John 
Heeser, William 
Henderson, Henry 
Hessing, Milton 
Hook, Newman E. 
Hoseltine, M. M. 
Jackson, JohnE. 
Kimball, John S. 
Leming, Thomas 
Lord, Thomas 
McCrodan, James 

Morks, Seymour 
Nelson, Hans 
Plummer, Frank 
Pure ell, Felix 
Reeves, Tappan 
Rice, James B. 
Rice, Louis 
Roche, Simon 
Ruddock, Albert G. 
Scott, Oscar M. 
Smith, Geo. Canning 

Smith, George M. 
Smith, Jehiel 
Stacy, William 
Stevens, Isaiah 
Thompson, John 
Valentine, William 
Wall, Sylvester R. 
White, Henry E. 
White, Lorenzo E. 
Whipple, E. J.— 55. 

Davis, James H. 

Lowell, Fred. B.— 3. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Petaluma, Sonoma County. 
Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Benjamin F. Tuttle, Master, 
Charles Humphries, Senior Warden, 

Junior Warden, 

Joseph M. Bowles, Treasurer, 
Daniel M. W. Seaton, Secretary, 

Noah W. Scudder, Senior Deacon, 
James W. Tabor, Junior Deacon, 
C. Temple, Marshal, 
Simon Conrad, 1 
AchilleKahn, \ Stewards, . 

Simon Conrad, 
Benj. F. Tuttle, 

Anderson, H. C. 
Bauer, John 
Beattie, John W. 
Bernhard, Isaac 
Bowers, A. B. 
Brainerd, Henry P. 
Bransford, Zerrill W. 
Brooks, Sylvester 
Brown, James M. 
Crane, J. H. 

Blackwell, A. J. 

Alberding, Fred. H. 
Ellis, John J. 

Earhart, John W. 

James Singley, Tyler. 

Past Masters: 

William Burnett, Joshua L. Bond, 

Dickenson, W. H. Jorgenson, Jess. 

Dreyfuss, Edward 
Gray, Thomas C. 
Grover,B. P. 
Grover, Johnston 
Hall, Charles H. 
Hasbrouck, H. B. 
Huie, George W. 
Huie, J. Thompson 
Jewett, George J. 

Keays, Wm. L. 
Lackey, Alex. 
Langley, James M. 
Latapie, Edward 
Merritt, John 
Miller, Henry H. 
Nuckols, N. 

Hiniker, H. A. Lewis, Wm. A. 

James Singley. 

Overton, Albert P. 
Polk, Charles E. 
Rathburn, Erskine 
Richardson, John H. 
Smith, Theodore H. 
Taft, Henry C. 
Wands, James 
Ward, J. A. 
Weston, Henry L. 


Miller, Lew. N. — 4. 

Leonard, John B. Simmons, John C. Yeal, Richard C. — 5. 


Glen, Robert 

Henderson, H. C. 

Stewart, L, L.— 4. 


Windsor, Sonoma County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next succeeding Full Moon. 


Edwin H. Barnes, Master, James L. Dinwiddie, Senior Deacon, 

Benjamin Clark, Senior Warden, George F. Williams, Junior Deacon, 

John W. Calhoun, Junior Warden, Henry J. Pool, ) 

Meyer J. Rosenberg, Treasurer, Hezekiah A. Esmond, \ 

Jasper J. Lindsay, Secretary, John M. Thompson, Tyler. 

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Ambrose, John N. 
Bell, Bradford 
Billington, Albert E. 
Bohn, Frederick 
Carter, Edward D. 
Clark, Charles 
Downs, A. S. 
Elliot, William R. 
Faudre, Stewart W. 
Florence, Marshall 

Graham, James W. 
Harkey, James S. 
Hewlett, Edmond P. 
Hill, James M. 
Kennedy, James 
Kent, Alex. J. 
King, Chas. McLane 
Laughlin, James H. 
Laughlin, John M. 
Lindsay, Calvin 

Maddox, John P. 
Mathews, John 
McDowall, Charles 
Mitchel, Robert T. 
Myers, Dillon P. 
Oliver, John R. H. 
Prewett, James 
Ridinghour, Lewis W, 
Schweitzer, Jacob 

Boggs, William N. 
Butler, 0. H. 

Davis, David— 1. 
Michael, George W. Rackliffe, Levi 

Shepherd, Alexander 
Smith, Isaac P. 
Steadman, Amos D. 
Tauts, Ermit 
Thompson, John D 
Wells, Absalom 
Wentworth, Fred. G. 
Wright, Daniel G. 
Yates, John W.— 48. 

Whitehead, G. C— 5. 


Meridian, Sutter County. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


John H. Liening, Master, Simeon T. Davis, Chaplain, 

Timothy R. Perry, Senior Warden, 
James S. Davis, Junior Warden, 
William T.Perkins, Treasurer, 
Philo B. Chamberlain, Secretary, 

William Doty, Senior Deacon, 
William J. Harris, Junior Deacon, 
Henry Burgett, j 
Jasper N. Decker, \ 


Davis, William W. 
Gregg, Morris 

Alfred S. Moon, Tyler. 
Past Master: 

John H. Liening. 
Harlan, Thomas H. Wilbur, Willis W. 

Wood, Ira H.— 18. 

Thompson, Wm. A. 
Turner, Edwin Wood, Job K.— 2. 

Lowe, David— 1. 


Lower Lake, Lake County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Leach B. Thurman, Master, 
James B. Hollo way, Senior Warden 
Marcus Getz, Junior Warden, 
John C. Crigler, Treasurer, 


Sarshel Bynum, Secretary, 
Ralph K. Nichols, Senior Deacon, 
Francis M. Herndon, Junior Deacon, 
Joel D. Hendricks, Tyler. 


Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 

Adams, Joseph D. 
Aspern, John V. 
Bragj?, Charles 
Christiansen, Wm. 
Crane, Collins 

Past Master : 

Leach B. Thurman. 
Farmer, William Johnson, James 

Frazer, John K. 
Getz, Joseph 
Hanson, David M. 
Harris, Oren C. 

Killian, James L. 
Mathews, Wm. R. 
Mclntyre, Charles 
Nichols, Leslie P. 

Nichols, Ralph K. 
Rush, Churchill C. 
Stubbs, Charles 
Wiley, Lucas— 27. 

Dee, William Lowle, H. P. Weldon, Christopher— 3. 

Copsey, S. A. Mahan, Franklin McCrellis, Geo. W. Smith, John— 5. 

Dilland, Robert M. 


Crawford, Woods Davis, William W. Mendenhall, John S. Sleeper, Moreau 
Davee,ZachariahC. Green, Allen D. — 6. 

Harris, Thomas M. — 1. 


Copsey, Charles Noble 

Britton, D. L— 2. 


Sierra Valley, Sierra County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon, 

Edwin R. Buffum, Senior Beacon, 
Francis H. Campbell, Junior Beacon, 
Albert S. Newton, Marshal, 
John P. Koster, j 
Jacob Olsen, 
Samuel G Boyce, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Edgar Haun. 


Edgar Haun, Master, 

William C. Lemmon, Senior Warden, 

John Henry Knulzen, Junior Warden, 

William Arms, Treasurer, 

Albert C. Heineken, Secretary, 


Battelle, Thomas S. Flint, Andrew 
Boyle, James H. Hamilton, Wm. T. 
Dolly, Linus Rawdon, Wm. B. 

Hug, K. William— 1 

Haines, George C. 

Richardson, Elijah Vandeveer, S. V. 
Smith, George W. Winsteed, James 
Thompson, John R. — 22. 

Archibald, Charles Keyes, David B.— 2. 
Spaulding, Andrew Webber, Isaac N. — 3. 

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Pnnta Arenas, Mendocino County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday next succeeding Full Moon. 


Niels Iverson, Master, Mart T. Smith, Secretary, 

Charles Lyman, Senior Warden, Lewis Gerlock, Senior Beacon, 

Frederick W. Watros, Junior Warden, Henry N. Stephens, Junior Deacon, 
Jjl c i W. Randolph, Treasurer, Washington Graham, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Newton D.Witt. 

Ackerson, Wm. E 
Cureton, John W. 
Heath, Frank T. 

Howard, Wm. H. Maloney, Samuel Weinberg, Zadick 

Scott, John C. —18. 

Hunter, John 
Kidd, Joseph 

Francis, Samuel Powell, John W. Stevens, Russell — 3. 

Handy, Rodolphus D. Reynolds, James H. — 2. 


Etna Mills, Siskiyou Connty. 

Stated Meetings, fourth Saturday in each month. 

Abisha Swain, Master, 
David H. Shaw, Senior Warden, 
George Smith, Junior Warden, 
Solomon E. Stone, Treasurer, 
William H. Morgan, Secretary, 

David H. Shaw, 


Louis Fafa, Senior Deacon, 
James A. Diggles, Junior Deacon, 
Hans Hensen, j 

Jeremiah Davidson, f Stewards, 
William K. Donney, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Abisha Swain. 

Bigelow, George W. 
Bridger, Henry 
Coughlin, John D. 
Daggett, John 
Davis, Charles H. 
Doten, John G. 
Durand, George 

Erlander, Iver Hughes, Louis 

Farrington, Stephen Knecht, George 
Gilkey, Lemuel B. Laird, Wm. T. 

Goeser, Joseph 
Green, Orsen F. 
Hall, Elisha H. 
Hall, Harvey R. 

McBride, John 
Parker, Alex. 
Poullot, Edward 
Rainey, James 

Doll, Josiah— 1. 

Forbes, James — 1. 

Renifeld, William 
Rostetter, George 
Smith, John 
Taylor, Robert P. 
Vogan, James H. 


Hirst, R. P.-l. 


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KEITH LODGE, No. 187. 

Gilroy, Santa Clara County. 

Stated Meetings, third Saturday in each month. 

Henry Wangenheim, Senior Beacon, 

John M. Keith, Master, 
Harvey C. Morey, Senior Warden, 
George E. Bennett, Junior Warden, 
Morris Einstein, Treasurer, Thomas S. Oldham, ) stewards 

John R. Eardley, Secretary, William Eames, [ 

Joseph C. Woods, Tyler. 

George T. Clarke, Junior Beacon, 
Albert Warthen, Marshal, 

Past Masters : 

John M. Keith, 

Henry W. Briggs. 


Bellya, Elbridge 
Bennett, William C. 
Babb, Silas G. 
Babb, Thomas 
Beal, Charles C. 
Bram, John H. 
Darraugh, Thomas 
Dunlap, Elijah K. 
Einstein, Jacob 

Farley, Charles K. 
Goeddel, John 
Gray, Michael 
Harris, Heylin B. 
Hatch, Frank L. 
Hinman, Asahel G. 
Hunter, Marshal E. 
House, Joseph A. 
Johnson, James F. 

Jones, Hugh S. 
McDuffee, Henry 
Miller, Christian 
Modie, George W. 
Mullen, Eli 
Pheasant, William 
Rea, Samuel 
Reeve, Henry F. 
Reither, Jacob 

Riehl, Adam 
Stayton,Rob-rt G. 
Sutherland, Julius A. 
Thomas, Thomas R. 
Tully, Edward C. 
Tully, Pleasant B. 
Turner, James H. 
Watson, Alexander 
Wyatt, Oliver P.— 49. 

Duane, Peter — 1. 

Brookshir, Green Mount, Malcom — 2. 


Oakland, Alameda County. 

Stated Meetings, first Wednesday in each month. 


Nathan W. Spaulding, Master, W. A. Parkinson, Senior Beacon, 

Joseph B. Scotchler, Senior Warden, Arthur W. Hawkett, Junior Beacon, 

Enoch H. Pardee, Junior Warden, Francis Reichling, Marshal, 

L. G. Chapman, Treasurer, Benjamin F. Stilbvell, 

Charles B. Rutherford, Secretary, James H. Wilson, 

George R. Walker, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Nathan W. Spaulding, George R, Walker, Alanson Wheelan, 

Adams, Charles F. Bartlett, Pliny Benton, John E. 

Allardt, George F. Bartling, William Blethen, James E. 
Armstrong R. A, Batchelder, James Brier, K. N. 
Bailey, Thomas W. Becht, Joseph Brown, George S. 



Walter Van Dyke. 

Bryant, David S. 
Cook, John 
Craib, William 

Grand Lodge of California. 

Davenport, J. P. 
Doblin, Jacob 
Dusenbury , Myron T. 
Eastland, Van Leer 
Faulkner, Geo. L. 
Felton, John B. 
Folger, James A. 
Geary, Edward B. 
Greenhood, Jacob 
Gurnett, William J. 
Hale, Thomas T. 
Hanna, John 
Harwood, W. D. 
Hays, Patrick 
Heilner, S. A. 
Hill, John 
Hoag, Joseph W. 

Hoagland, Wra. C. 
Holmes. Stillman 
Johnson, Perry 
Kelly, C. M. 
Kelly, William 
Kilbourne, Walter L. 
Kipps. A. K. 
Knowles, C. C. 
Laing, John 
Larue, James 
Lawler, J. J. 
Loring, George Y. 
Lucas, Charles L. 
Matty, Charles 
Maun, F. A. 
McCurdy, Robert 
Miller, W. H. 

Muscat, Philip W. 
Myrick, J. W. 
Page, Samuel L. 
Pasmore, Edward J 
Phillips, M. C. 
Pierson, George 
Pinkerton, Thos. H, 
Pratt, D. W. 
Rea, Thomas 
Reinach, E. S. 
Remillard, P. M. 
Rosenberg, N. 
Searing, William S. 
Sessions, Edward C 
Smith, E. J. 
Smith, G. Frank 
Smith, John F. 


Smith, William H. 
Snook, William S. 
Starr, Ezra S. 
Stewart, James T. 
Terry, V. P. 
Ticknor, Daniel 
Tucker, Henry S. 
Tumsuden, J. H. 
Verhave, Adrian 
Van Wyck, John C. 
Walker, Lysander 
Ward, Robert 
Webster, James A. 
Whitney, George E. 
Williams, C. S. 
Williams, R. N.— 96. 

Ingersol, William B 

Hamilton, L. 
Keller, William W. 

Keen, Charles M. 
Moore, Gorham H. Ough, Richard 
Noblett, Robert 

Porter, James J. — 3. 

Watson, John B. — 6. 


Lat robe, El Dorado County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Albert B. Bird, Master, * Secretary, 

William E. Riebsarn, Senior Warden, William Kirkland, Senior Beacon, 
Ernst Treuholtz, Junior Warden, John S. Miller, Junior Beacon, 

James H. Miller, Treasurer, C. W. Duden, Marshal, 

James Burris, Tyler. 

Past Master: 

Albert B. Bird. 

Adams, Emanuel Collar, Joseph A. Fleming, Thos. R. 
Barton, Hiram E. Edwards, Chas. W. Porter, Wm. T. 

Richardson, Parden 

Yates, William A.— 1. 

* Sinclair, William — 1. 



Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Millville, Shasta County. 

Stated Meetings, second Saturday in each month. 

Herman F. Ross, Master, 
Oliver H. Tanquary, Senior Warden, 
Henry Anklin, Junior Warden, 
Sylvester Hall, Treasurer, 
William N. Guptill, Secretary, 


John P. Webb, Senior Beacon, 
Ezekiel T. Thatcher, Junior Beacon, 
George W. Sheridan, 
George H. Penland, 
William H. Baker, Tyler. 


Randies, Joseph 
Winsell, James F. 

Past Master : 

Herman F. Ross. 
Benton, John H. Dunham, Joseph A. Johnson, D. C. 
Benton, Leonard T. Fender, Johnson Johnson, Henry 
Royes, Robert Heryford,ClemensR. Martin, Rufus F. 

Eldred, Stephen J. Flansburgh, Alonzo 

Martin, Rufus Mills, Daniel T. Williams, Asahel— 3. 


Wimmer, James M. — 3. 

MARIN LODGE, No. 191. 

San Rafael, Marin County. 

Stated Meetings ', Wednesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


William N. Anderson, Master, Thomas H. Hanson, Senior Beacon, 

William Holden, Senior Warden, John Dixheimer, Junior Beacon, 

Charles Stevens, Junior Warden, 
Solomon Bear, Treasurer, 
Bradley Hall, Secretary, 
Henry McCrea, Chaplain, 

Past Masters : 

William N. Anderson, William Holden, Henry Kirk White, 

Barnard, William L. Gordon, Upton M. Maguire, James F. 

Henry Kirk White, Marshal, 
Peter K. Austin, \ 

Harvey H. Butterfleld, f Stewards, 
John P. Bustin, Tyler. 

Daniel Olds, Sr. 

Bullis. Omri 
Buster, Hiram C. 
Clark, John 
DeGroot, Wm. H. 

Holden, Stephen 
Hunter, William 
Irwin, Oliver 

Nelson, Edward 
Rice, Charles N. 
Schroyer, Aaron 

Seaver, Daniel W. 
Smith, Peter 
Wallace, Kinsley 
Weid, Ira C— 30. 


Bowman, Hugh 

Simms, John— 2. 

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Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Joseph A. Rich, Master , Edmund Pew, Secretary. 

Frederick E. Bartlett, Senior Warden, S. G. Williams, Chaplain. 
Stephen H. Olmstead, Junior Warden, William H. Norway, Senior Beacon, 
Edgar Van Valkenburg, Treasurer, Andrew Horn, Junior Beacon, 

Hiram H. Linville, Tyler. 

Past Masters : 

Joseph A. Rich, Frederick A. Bartlett, 

Childs, George E. Levy, Samuel Smith, Charles C. Williams, J. Fr'n 

Dibble, Carnie Marshall, Cyrus Stearns, John P. Wilson, A. C. J. 

Furlong, M. W. Murry, Alexander Teffetts, Geo. T. Winton, Nelson W. 

Kellogg, Daniel M. Pierce, Elisha H. Thompson,Frank A. — 26. 

Kimberly, Martin M. Porter, Arza 

Jones, Nephi M. Pearson, Robert C. Spear, Henry Wallace, Wm. K. 

Ord, Robert L. —5. 


Freeman, Charles Williams, Alfred— 2. 


Ferndale, Humboldt County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next succeeding Full Moon. 


S. Louis Shaw, Master, Edward A. Dodge, Secretary, 

Silas W. Morrison, Senior Warden, Kn. Geer, Senior Beacon, , 

Franklin Z. Boynton, Junior Warden, Hannibal S. Soule, Junior Beacon, 

E. A. Hicks, Treasurer, Samuel Hubbard, Tyler. 

Bates, James Cook, Charles Hart, F. P. Patrick, Nehemiah 

Carr, John Fullmen, Smith Kenyon, J. G. —15. 


Schumacher, G. E. — 1. Hunter, Walker — 1. 

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Mountain View, Santa Clara County. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

George W. Smith, Master, George D. Gleason, Secretary, 

George W. Davis, Senior Warden, William Bullard, Senior Beacon, 

William Eppehimer, Junior Warden, Christian Myres, Junior Deacon. 

Samuel Wilheimer, Treasurer, William Jones, Tyler. 


Barton, Joseph Gallimore, Wesley McClara, Henry Smith. Erasmus B. 

Beardsly, Austin F. Hoyt, Amherst J. Sears, Edwin B. Snyder, John 

Bishop, Harvey N. Lapier, Geo. W. Shore, Gilbert E. Swarts, Charles B. 

Dale, William Livesay, Milton Shore, Richard E. Town, Peter— 2 4. 

Bubb, John P. Ladd, Leonard M.— 2. 


Buckeye, Yolo County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Mered th R. York, Master, John W. Lowry, Senior Deacon, 

Elbert Tadlock, Senior Warden, Edward R. Howard, Junior Dea- 

Stephen A. Howard, Junior Warden, John S. Tutt, Marshal, 
Edward G. Bray, Treasurer, John N. Price, ) 

Micajah 0. Harling, Secretary, Thomas C. Gooden, j" ■ tei,:ards ' 

Seth Howard, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Thomas C. Goodin. 

Abbuy, John A. Cook, Josiah Johnson, Henry B. Sweany, John 

Canterbury L. F. Guthrie, Thomas Smith, Richard 0. Tadlock, Relford G, 

— M 

Welch, Robert F. — 1. Neumon, Charles Stephens. Jos. J.— 2. 


Rosaville, San Louis Obispo County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Thaddeus Sherman, Master, George S. Davis, Secretary, 

Orson K. Smith, Senior Warden, Ritner Dodson, 

Isaac Flood, Junior Warden, Agnus McP. Hardie, J\ 

Frederick W. Parker, Treasurer, Michael Henderson, Tyler. 

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Past Master : 

Orson K. Smith. 


Allen, Charles R. Lull, George W. Patrick, Bryce Whitakers, John M. 

Campbell, Jame D. McPhadden,01iverP. Roof, Henry Woods, Daniel F. 

Davis, Stephen 0. —17. 


Letcher, Fountain Z. — 1. 


Haywood, Alameda County. 

Stated Meetings, second Saturday next preceding Full Moon. 

Joseph H. Taylor, Master, Amasa M. Bullock, Senior Deacon, 

James D. Austin, Senior Warden, Benjamin F. Peterson, Junior Deacon, 

Harvey W- Rice, Junior Warden, James L. Hollis, Marshal, 

Walter W. Wynn, Measurer, Austin S. Howard, ) 

Charles U. Thorndike, Secretary, John F. Bailey, J Stewards > 

Charles Peck, Chaplain, Isaac McCord, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Joseph H. Taylor. 


Armstrong,Thos. C. Cooley, R. B. Ladd, A, W. P. Randall, James 

Bell, George H. Enright F. P. Moore, T. S. Yule, John— 23. 

Carroll, Spencer Jamison, John W. Pimentel, Joseph 


Wilmington, Lios Angeles Connty. 

Stated Meetings, Tuesday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Abraham W. Edelman, Master, Eldridge E. Hewitt, Secretary, 

Henry N. Bruning, Senior Warden, Horace S. Allanson, Senior Deacon, 

Edward N. McDonald, Junior Warden, Herman Jacoby, Junior Deacon, 
Nathan Jacoby, Measurer, Cooper Lamoure, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Abraham W. Edelman. 


Davis, Philip Ebner, George Loring, Levi A. McBride, James H.— 12. 

Hayes, Thomas B. Narbonne, Nath'l A. Wence, Peter Weston, Benjamin S. 

Liston, Morris K. —5. 


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!Lakeport, Lake County. 
Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Allen D. Greene, Master, Edward L. Green, Secretary, 

David V. Thompson, Senior Warden, Woods Crawford, Senior Beacon, 

Lewis C. Burriss, Junior Warden, Thomas F. Hayter, Junior Beacon, 

Joseph W. Casebrier, Treasurer, Zach C. Davee, Tyler. 

Past Master: 

David V. Thompson. 
Carson, Lindsey Grider, Henry C. McClintock, Jos. T. Shirley, John E. 

Davis, Geo. W. Harrington, Danley Mendenhall, John S. Sleeper, Moreau 

Dennison, James M. Jones, John M. Eose, William J. Witter, Dexter 

Elgin, George D. Levison, Abraham Schmidt, Peter Wood, Hamilton 

Farley, Jos. H. F. —25. 


Ells, Theodore— 1. 
Charmack, Herman Levy, Aaron 

Burger, John F. 

Tucker, George— 4. 


Truckee, Nevada County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

William A. King, Master, 
Elle Ellen, Senior Warden, 
Robert D. Hart, Junior Warden, 
Hiram W. Robert, Treasurer, 
John C. McTarnahan, Secretary, 


Albert R. Schively, Senior Beacon, 
James H. Hoadley, Junior Beacon', . 
Michael Browsky, Marshal, 
Ddward Schafer, 
Frank Seymour, 


William A. King, 
Lorenzo D. Brown. 

George Plumb, Tyler. 
Past Masters : 

Ephraim Hogan, 

Edward J. Brickell. 

Beck, Aaron 
Crawford, Chas. B. 
DeBernardo, Julio 
Ensign, Joseph H. 
Friedman, Adolph 
Gay'ord, Edward H. 

Fanning, E. A.— 1 

Graham, Levi A. Lazansky, Himan 

Hart, Henry 
Hawley, Benj. F. 
Heyma, Solomon 
Laud, Thomas R. 

Levison, Mark 
Marzen, Joseph 
Morris, John F. 
Morton, George S. 

Nicholson, Wm. T. 
Perrin, Edwin R. 
Reando, Julio 
Ross, John C. 
Wright, Albert.— 35. 


Bolding, Charles Morehead, Samuel- 

Feagler, Joseph H.— 1. 

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Silveyville, Solano County. 

Stated Meetings, Saturday of or next succeeding Full Moon. 


James W. Howard, Master, James E. Barns, Senior Deacon, 

William H. Wells, Senior Warden, James C. North, Junior Beacon, 

Henry E. McCune, Junior Warden, Christopher C. Agee, Marshal, 

Henry Geoffert, Treasurer, William Killabrew, } 

Bernhard Myer, Secretary, Walter Ellis, ) Stewards > 

Daniel King, Chaplain, John P. Kirsh, Tyler. 

Blum, Jacob Garnett, James S. Lyon, George W. Robinson, Christ. 

Cunningham ,Wm.H. Jenkins, William W. Minakee, Eliphalet Wolfe, Charles H. 
Elsasser, Moses L. — 21. 


Ellis, James J. — 1. 


IiOS Angeles, Lios Angeles Connty. 

Stated Meetings, third Monday in each month. 

Leander C. Goodwin, Master, James H. Lander, Secretary, 

Frank Lecouveur, Senior Warden, John Congrove, Senior Deacon, 

William K. Craik, Junior Warden, Carl Rinaldi, Junior Deacon, 

Theodore Wollweber, Treasurer, 

Isaac Hauch, (of Los Angeles Lodge, No. 42), Tyler. 

Past Master : 

James H. Lander. 
Bush, C. Wilson Stanley, John Q. 

Hellman, Herman W. Mattheson, John Meyer, Constant Polaski, Louis — 4, 

280 Returns of Subordinate Lodges to the 


Castroville, Monterey Comity. 

Stated Meetings, Monday of or next preceding Full Moon. 

Ansel Iff, Bragg, Master, John R. Norris, Secretary, 

John L. Griffith, Senior Warden, Preston B. McGuire, Senior Beacon, 

Hardage L. Andrews, Junior Warden, Jacob J. Eddleman, Junior Beacon, 
James A. Norris, Treasurer, William J. Van Diveer, Tyler. 

Alderman, Gilbert Caldwell, B. M. Grimes, Noble L. Martin, E. J.— 7. 

Ashley, James A. Griffin, George B. Logwood, Fdwin L. 

Carroll, James Speegle, Andrew J.— 2. 


Salinas, Monterey County. 

Stated Meetings, Thursday of or next preceding Full Moon. 


Carlisle S. Abbott, Master, Francis M. Jolly, Secretary, 

William Vanderhurst, Senior Warden, William, Senior Beacon, 

Willis W. Joyce, Junior Warden, John Whiteside, Junior Beacon, 

Andrew J. Cloud, Treasurer, Benjamin W. Kellogg, Tyler. 

Past Master : 

Chipman, Norman. 
Reany, McKee Robinson, Benjamin K. — 11. 

Grand Lodge of California, 





Parfaile Union Lodge, No. 17, Charles Vaillant, Dec. 29, 1868 

Dana Parks, May 5, 1869 

Edward P. Meiley, Mch. 27, 1869 

Charles F. Smith, Aug. 24, 1869 

Benjamin K. Taylor, Jan. 23, 1869 

Oliver S. Liyermore, Jan. 23, 1869 


Morning Star 
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Eureka - Lodge, No. 16, John C. Boggs, May 24. 1869 

Abell - " " 146, Joseph McCormick, , Nov. 28, 1868 

Pilot Hill - " " 160, William K. Creql-e, Aug. 18, 1869 

By Commission appointed by the Grand Master. 

Edward W. Tifft, Master of Pacific Lodge, No. 136, July 23, 1869 


John S. Blackwell, expelled by Forest Lodge, No. 66, Oct. 27, 1858 

George Lipman, expelled by Woodland Lodge, No. 156, May 17, 1867 


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Dist. of Columbia,. 




















New Brunswick, . . . 
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New Jersey, 

New York, 

North Carolina, . 

Nova Scotia, 




Rhode Island, 

South Carolina,. . . 






West Virginia, 

Wisconsin, , ., 


Daniel Sayre, 

William D. Blocher, 

Thomas B. Harris, 

Edward C. Parmelee, . . , 

Joseph K. Wheeler, 

John P. Allrnond, , 

Noble D. Larner, 

DeWittC. Dawkins, 

Simri Rose, 

Powhatan E.Edmundson 

Orlin H. Minor, 

John M. Bramwell, 

Theodore S. Parvin, 

Erasmus T. Carr 

JohnM. S. McCorkle,... 

James C. Batchelor, 

Ira Berry, 

Jacob H. Medairy, 

Solon Thornton, 

James Fenton, 

William S. Combs, 

J. L. Power, 

Geo. Frank Gouley, 

Wilbur F. Sanders, 

J.N. Wise 

Wra. A. M.Van Bokkelen ; 

William F. Bunting, 

Horace Chase, 

Joseph H. Hough, 

James M. Austin, 

Donald W. Bain, 

Charles J. Macdonald,.. . 

John D. Caldwell, 

J. E. Hurford 

John Thompson 

Charles D. Greene,. . . 

Robert 8. Bruns, 


George H. Bringhurst, 

Henry Clark, 

John Dove, 

Thomas M. Reed, .... 
Thomas H. Logan, . . . 
Wm. T. Palmer, 



Little Rock, 


Central City, 






Idaho City, 




Fort Leavenworth,, 


New Orleans , 





Saint Paul, 

Jackson, , 

St. Louis, , 

\Virginia City, .... 

\Plattsmouth, , 

Virginia City, 

Saint John, 


Trenton , 

New York, 




Oregon City, 





Houston , 


Richmond, , . . 




June 14, 
Feb. 22 
Oct. 10, 
Aug. 2, 
July 8, 
June 6, 
Feb. 19, 
July 5, 
Dec. 16, 
Dec. 16, 
April 6, 
Jan. 12, 
Jan. 8, 
Mar. IT, 
Oct. 13, 
July 11, 
June 1, 
April 17. 
April 30 
June 28, 
Feb. 23, 
July 27, 
April 23, 

Sept. 23, 
Jan. 16, 
Oct. 10, 
July 8, 
Dec. 18, 
Sept 5, 
Jan. 11, 
June 21, 
Jan. 7, 
Sept. 15, 
June 20, 
June 25, 
Mar. 21, 
Oct. 14, 
Dec. 20, 
Oct. 14, 
May 6, 
Dec. 9, 
April 12, 
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Belgium, Grand Orient of, L. Themerin, 

Brit. Columbia. Prov. Grd. Lodge of,. .A. G. Richardson, 

Chili, Grand Lodge of, Jose Maldonado, 

France, Grand Orient of, Thevenot, 

Germany, Grand Lodge of, Fried. Wilh. Leop. Nikisch, 

Italy, Grand Orient of, N. C. Cornaro, 

Peru, Grand Orient of, Raymo. R. Morales, 

Portugal, Grand Orient of Lusitania,. .J. Castano d'Almeida, 

p j Mother National Grd. Lodge. Adolph Bohme 

rlssia, i RoYAL y 0RK Grand Lodge,. . .Carl August Bouche, 

Scotland, Grand Lodge of, Wm. Alex. Laurie, 

. .Brussels. 

. Victoria. 
. Valparaiso. 
, .Paiis. 
. . Berlin. 
. . Turin. 
, .lima. 

. Lisbon. 

. .Berlin. 

. Edinburg* 

List of Grand Officers. 280 


Elected since the Organization of the Grand Lodge of California, 

On the ISth day of April, A. L. 5850. 

J 8 5 0. 

Jona. D. Stevenson,. . . . Grand Master, * Saschel Woods,.. Jun. Grand Warden, 

John A. Tutt, Dep. Grand Master, * Levi Stowell, Grand Measurer, 

Caleb Fenner, — Sen. Grand Warden, John H. Gihon, Grand Secretary 

18 5 1. 

John A. Titt,. Grand Master, B. S. Olds Jun. Grand Warden, 

Benj. D. Hyam, . . .Dep. Grand Master, Townsend A. Thomas, Grand Treasurer, 

* E. F. W. Ellis,. .Sen. Grand Warden, * Levi Stowell, Grand Secretary. 

18 5 2. 

Benjamin D. Hyam, Grand Master, 3oKK^.lslcCo^Ei.i,,Jun.GrandWard.en, 

Ch as. M. Radcliff, . Dep. Grand Master, Addison Martin Grand Treasurer, 

Adolphus Hollub, Sen. Grand Warden, * Levi Stowell, Grand Secretary. 

18 5 3. 

Charles M. Radcliff, . . Grand Master, Richard F. Knott, Jun. Grand, Warden, 

Townsend A. Thomas, Dep. Gr. Master, Addison Martin, Grand Treasurer, 

John R. Crandall, Sen. Grand Warden, * Levi Stowell, Grand Secretary. 


* William H. Howard,. Grand, Master, * Robert N. Wood, Jun. Grand Warden, 

N. Greene Curtis,. . . Dep. Grand Master, Addison Martin Grand Treasurer, 

Rector E. Cole,. . .Sen. Grand Warden, * Levi Stowell, Grand Secretary. 

18 5 5. 

* William H. Howard,. Grand Master, Samuel A.Merritt, Jun. Grand, Warden . 

Townsend A. Thomas, Dep. Gr. Master, Addison Martin, Grand Treasurer. 

John A. Raymond,. Sen. Grand Warden, * Levi Stowell, Grand Secretary. 

18 56. 

* William H. Howard,. Grand Master, Philip W. Randle, Jun. Grand Warden . 

John A. Raymond, Dep. Grand Master, Addison Martin, Grand, Treasurer. 

Lemuel Lyon Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

18 5 7. 

N. Greene Curtis, Grand Master, John B. Bope, Jun. Grand Warden, 

Charles Marsh,. . .Dep. Grand Master, Addison Martin, Grand Treasurer. 

Aaron D.Park,. . Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

* Deceased. 


290 List of Grand Officers. 

18 5 8. 

N. Greene Curtis, Grand Master, Jas. W. BiCKNELL,.Jim. Grand Warden, 

* Philip W. Shepheard, Dep. Gr.Master, Addison Martin, Grand Treasurer, 

Wm. McCoRMiOKy . . Sen, Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

18 59. 
N. Greene Curtis, Grand Master, Thos. P. Hawley, . Jun. Grand Warden, 

* Philip W. Shepheard, Dep. Gr. Master, Addison Martin, Grand Treasurer, 

Ebenezer Lane,. .Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary . 

I8 60. 
N. Greene Curtis, Grand Master, AlvinzaHayward, Jun. Grand War den, 

* Philip W. Shepheard, Z>ep. Gr.Master, Addison Martin, Grand treasurer. 

Wm. C. Belcher,. . .Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

18 6 1. 
Jas. Lawrence English, Grand Master, CalebE. Wilcoxon, Jun.Grand Warden. 

Wm. C. Belcher,. .Dep. Grand Master, James Laidley, Grand Treasure!', 

John W. Harville, Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

Wm. Caldwell Belcher, Grand Master, John B. Hewson, Jun.Grand Warden, 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, Dep. Gr.Master, James Laidley, Grand Treasurer, 

John W. Harville, Sen. GrandWarden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 


Wm. Caldwell Belcher, Grand Master, W"m. A. Dayies,. .Jun. Grand Warden, 

Gilbert B. Claiborne,. Dep. Gr. Master, James Laidley, Grand Treasurer. 

Louis Cohn, Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

I 864. 
Wm. Caldwell Belcher, Grand Master, Isaac S. Titus,. . .Jun. Grand Warden, 

Gilbert B. Claiborne, Dep. Gr. Master, James Laidley, Grand Treasurer, 

William A. Dayies,.. .Sen. Gr. Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secrretary. 

186 5. 
Gilbert B. Claiborne,. . Grand Master, * Henry H. Hartley, Jun. Gr . Warden, 

William A. Dayies, Dep. Grand Master, James Laidley Grand treasurer, 

Isaac S. Titus, Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

Gilbert B.Claiborne,. . Grand Master, Thomas Beck,. .Junior Grand Warden, 

* Henry H. Hartley, Dep. Gr. Master, James Laidley Grand Treasurer, 

Wm. H. Peterson,. Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

18 67. 
William A. Dayies, Grand Master, Leonidas E. Pratt, Jun.Grand Warden , 

* Henry H. Hartley, Dep. Gr. Master, James Laidley, Grand Ireasurer, 

Thomas Beck. Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary . 


Charles Marsh, Grand Master, Frederick F. Barss,. Jun. Gr. Warden, 

Leonidas E. Pratt, Dep. Grand Master, Jamrs Laidley, Grand Treasurer, 

Theo. G. Cockrill,. .Sen. Gr. Warden, Alexander G. Abell, . Grand Secretary. 

18 69. 

Leonidas E. Pratt, Grand Master, Richard Dale,. . .Jun. Grand Warden, 

Isaac S. Titus. Dep. Grand Master, James Laidley, Grand Treasurer, 

John S. Ward, Sen. Grand Warden, Alexander G. Abell, Grand Secretary. 

* Deceased. 

tend Wjfityt rfrt Mifmm. 

I, Alexander Gurdon Abell, Grand Secretary of the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge 
of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California, do hereby certify that the 
following pages contain a true and faithful transcript of the proceedings of that 
body, at its Twenty-first Annual Communication— commenced at the City of San 
Francisco on Tuesday, the eleventh day of October, A. L. 5870, and terminated on 
Saturday, the fifteenth day of said month—and of the returns of the subordinate 
Lodges and other matters authorized to be published. 


I have hereunto appended my official 
signature, and have affixed the Seal 
of the Grand Lodge of the State of 
California, at the office of the Grand 
Secretary in the Masonic Temple, 
City of San Francisco, this thirtieth 
day of November, in the Year of 
Light 5870. 





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At the Masonic Temple, in the City of San Francisco : 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th, A. D. 1870, A. £. 5870, 


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th, A. D. 1870, A. L. 5870. 









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. LEONID AS E. PRATT, Grand Master, San Francisco; 

. ISAAC SUTVENE TITUS,. . . .Deputy Grand Master, . .Stockton; 

. CHARLES LOUIS WIGGIN, . .Senior Grand Warden, . .San Francisco; 

. BENJ.HORTON FREEMAN,. .Junior Grand Warden,. . .San Francisco; 

. JAMES LAIDLEY, Grand Treasurer, San Francisco; 

. ALEX. GURDON ABELL, . . .Grand Secretary, San Francisco; 

WILLIAM HENRY HILL,. . . .Grand Chaplain, Sacramento; 

. JOHN MILLS BROWNE, . . . .Grand Orator, ... Vallejo; 

. LAWRENCE CONLY OWEN,. Ass't Grand Secretary, ..San Francisco; 

. JNO. WERNER SHAEFFER, . Grand Lecturer, San Francisco; 

. WM. VICTOR McGARVEY,. .Grand Marshal, San Juan; 

. BENJAMIN AKERLY, Grand Bible Bearer, Oakland; 

. ROBERT AITKEN,. Grand Standard Bearer,. Jackson; 

\ HENRY OLP WELLER, Grand Sword Bearer, San Jose; 

. COLUMBUS A. PURINTON, .Senior Grand Deacon, . . .Fiddletown; 

. ABISHA SWAIN, Junior Grand Deacon, Etna Mills; 

.ELTAS JACOB, ) i ..Visalia; 

. SIGMUND SIMON, \ Grand Stewards, . . . . j Scoifs Bar; 

. SAMUEL DAVID MAYER,. . .Grand Organist, San Francisco; 

. WILLIAM WIGHTON REID, .Grand Pursuivant, San Leandro; 

'. JAMES OGLESBY, Grand Tyler, San Francisco. 


Vr. Wr. JAMES LAIDLEY, San Francisco; 

Rr. Wr. RICHARD DALE, Sacramento; 

W. '. GEORGE CRAW HICKOX, San Francisco. 




Twenty-First Animal Communication. 

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of 
the State of California commenced its Twenty-first Annual Communication 
at the Masonic Temple, in the city of San Francisco, on Tuesday, the 
eleventh day of October, A. L. 5870, at ten o'clock, A. M. 

296 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

Upon calling tho roll of members there were found present the fol- 
lowing — 


The M.\ W.\ LEONID AS E. PRATT, Grand Master; 

" B.'.W.'. Isaac Sutvene Titus, Deputy Grand Master; 

M B.\ W.\ John Sherrill Ward, Senior Grand Warden; 

" B.\ W.'. Richard Dale, Junior Grand Warden; 

" V.'. W.\ James Laidley, Grand Treasurer; 

11 V.'. W.'. Alexander Gurdon Abell, Grand Secretary; 

" W.\ Lawrence Conly Owen, Assistant Grand Secretary; 

" Wr. John Werner Shaeffer, Grand Lecturer; 

11 W.\ Irving Nolan McGuire, Grand Marshal; 

" W.\ John Matthew Keith, Grand Standard Bearer; 

11 W.'. Samuel Prager, Grand Sword Bearer; 

" W.\ William Austin Holcomb, Senior Grand Beacon; 

" W.\ Thomas John Orgon, Junior Grand Beacon; 

" W.\ Benjamin Wilcox Barnes, Grand Steward; 

11 W.\ James Douglass McMurry, Grand Steward; 

li W.'. Samuel David Mayer, , Grand Organist; 

11 W.'. William N. Anderson, Grand Pursuivant; 

" W.\ James Oglesby, .... Grand Tyler: 

past grand officers : 

The M.'. W.\ William Abraham Davies, Past Grand Master; 

" Br. W.\ John Riggs Crandall, Past Senior Grand Warden; 

, John William Harville, .Past Senior Grand Warden; 

. Louis Cohn, Past Senior Grand Warden; 

. Thomas Beck, Past Senior Grand Warden; 

Theodore Guevara Cockrill, Past Senior Grand Warden; 

. Frederick Ferdinand Barss, Past Junior Grand Warden; 

, Addison Martin, Past Grand Treasurer: 

And the representatives of one hundred and forty-six chartered Lodges, 
with delegates from four Lodges under dispensation, and a large number 
of Past Masters entitled to seats. 

The Grand Master filled the vacant places by the following appoint- 
ments pro tempore : — 

The Bev. & W.'. Arthur Edmund Hill, to be Grand Chaplain; 

" W.\ Samuel Graves, to be Grand Bible Bearer: 

And, there being a sufficient representation, the Grand Lodge of California 
was opened in g^mnk Jform, with music by the choir, and prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain. 

The reading of the proceedings at the last Annual Communication was 
dispensed with, the members being furnished with printed copies thereof. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following Com- 
mittee — 

Bro. John Francis Snow, 

" Charles Hardy Dillon, 

" William Cromwell Lemon, 

11 Ansel Mellen Bragg, 

" John George Anderson. 

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 2 o'clock this afternoon. 













On Credentials i 

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f » feud JMp. 

Afternoon Session, ) 

Tuesday, October llth, A. L. 5870. j 

The Grand Lodge was called on at 2 o'clock, the Grand Master presid- 

Bro. John Francis Snow, from the Committee on Credentials, reported 
the following officers and representatives of chartered Lodges, delegates 
from Lodges under dispensation, and Past Masters by service within this 
urisdiction, as present and entitled to seats, viz : from 

[ John Francis Snow, Master ; 

Edmund Lane, Senior Warden ; 

Morris March Estee, Junior Warden ; 

Alexander Gurdon Abell, ] 

California, No. 1.. . _ _. __ 

' William Thomas Reynolds, i _ -» A 
r. m r, Past Masters. 

George Tuttle Grimes, y 

William Austin Holcomb, 

Isaac Stanwood Locke, J 

Tir D . xt n ( Daniel Porter Bystle, Senior Warden and P. M. ; 

Western Star, No. 2..-I T . _ x ,_ * ' 

{ Joseph Isaacs, Past Master. 

Tehama, No. 3 Aulton Titus Nelson, Representative and P. M. 

« . . N ^ i Edwin Danforth, Master and Past Master ; 

" ( Lansing Bond Mizner, Past Master. 

Tuolumne, No. 8 John Cowie, Senior Warden. 

Mary smile, No. 9 John D wight Crittenden, Master. 

OT *, ,„ \ Henry Olp Weller, Master and Past Master ; 

San Jose, No. 10.. 4.,, * , **«.»** 

( William Alexander January, Past Master. 

Yount, No. 12 Henry Hay Knapp, Master and Past Master. 

r Thos. Hubbard Caswell, Master and Past Master ; 
^ ada ' : No - 13 - • \ Addison Cook Niles, ) pagt Masters# 

( Wm. Cooper Randolph, J 
Temple, No. 14 Charles Hardy Dillon, Master and Past Master. 

[Walter Benjamin Lyon, Master ; 

™ , __ , „ I Orrin Whitcomb Hollenbeck, Senior Warden : 

Eureka, No. 16.. \ T 4 

] John Riggs Crandall, Past Masterg# 

I Jacob Hart Neff, ) 

Parfaite Union, No. 17 Pierre Bonis, Master and Past Master. 

( Alexander Thom, Master and Past Master ; 
Mountain Shade, No. 18. . ) David Livingstone Whitney, Senior Warden ; 

( Leon idas E. Pratt, Past Master. 

San Joaquin, No. 19 William Abraham Da vies, Past Master. 

Washington, No. 20 Justin Gates, Master. 

Hawaiian, No. 21 Albert Francis Judd, Master. 

298 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

( Augustine Dyer Carpenter, Master and P. Master ; 
Occidental, No. 22. . < David Morgan, Jr., Senior Warden ; 

( James Laidley, Past Master. 

( John Cornelius Goad, Master and Past Master ; 
Madison > No ' 23 - ' \ John Crisp Coleman, Past Master. 

MaHposa, No. 24 Louis Haehl, Senior Warden. 

( Jas. Douglass McMurry, Master and Past Master ; 
Georgetown, No. 25 . . -J Geoege Washington Simpers, Junior Warden. 

„. j, , N 2fi i Fred ' k Ferdinand Barss, Master and Past Master ; 

( Isaac Sutvene Titus, Past Master. 

Trinity, No. 27 William David Sutherlin, Master. 

Columbia, No. 28 Edmond Parsons, Representative. 

Diamond, No. 29 Alex. Siesbuttel, Representative and Past Master. 

f Robert Gowenlock, Master ; 
Henry Blyth, Senior Warden ; 
Samuel Henry Kent, Junior Warden ; 

Golden Gate, No. 30..-- 

William Sidney Phelps, ) pagt Masters . 

.Hiram Throop Graves, 

Gold BUI, No. 32 Mahlon Waldron, Representative. 

Ophir, No. 33 James Judson Jerome, Representative. 

Santa Clara, No. 34 Parker Butterfield Holmes, Senior Warden. 

J Solon Wm.Craigue, Represent've and Past Master ; 
William Augustus Begole, Past Master. 

Saint John's, No. 37 John Pashburg, Master and Past Master. 

/- Frederick Wm. Lucas, Master and Past Master ; 

Santa Cruz,, No. 38. . \ Samuel Wallace Blakely, Senior Warden ; 

( Jacob Parsons, Junior Warden. 

Yuba No. 39 Chas. Milton Patterson, Master and Past Master. 

j Joseph Scott, Master ; 
Sacramento, No. 40. . -j PowELL Samuel Lawson, Past Master. 

{Russell Thayer Hayes, Master ; 
Samuel Prager, Past Master. 

( Andrew Jackson Warf, Master ; 

Hiram > No « 43 « • \ Thos - John 0bgon ' I Past Masters. 

( John Thiesen, j 

( Peter Short, Master ; 

Mount Moriah, No. 44. . J Charles Louis Wiggin, ) 

( John Werner Shaeffer, f Past Masters - 

Crescent, No. 45 Peter Henry Peveler, Representative. 

( Charles Edward Mitchell, Master ; 
Zfew". No. 46. J Wm. Victor McGarvey, i pagt Mastera# 

( James Francis Black, j 

Michigan City, No. 47 Jacob Warwick Byrd, Master. 

Forbestown, No. 50 Alfred Thompson, Master. 

lUinoistown, No. 51 Wanton Alfred Himes, Master and Past Master. 

Saint James, No. 54, . . . Alvin Bacon Preston, Master and Past Master. 

Suisun, No. 55 John Bennett Carrington, Senior Warden. 

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, Abraham Clay Rainet, Master ; 
Santa Rosa, N- f 

Volcano, No. 56 James Adams, Master. 

o 57 \' 

' ' ( Thomas Spencer, Senior Warden. 

Union, No. 58 Richard Dale, Master and Past Master. 

Gravel Range,. .... . .No. 59 Richard Munt, Master and Past Master. 

„ 7 „ AT „ A ( Thomas Franklin Hersey, Master ; 

Plumas, No. 60. . < . T ^ , ' . m ' 

( Aaron Lorenzo Dwinel, Junior Warden. 

j James Carter Kyte, Master and Past Master ; 
' ' ( Jeremiah Elken Whitcher, Past Master. 

_,,.,, „ „„ ( Frederick Weyer, Master ; 
George Washington,.^. 62. . j ^ JogEpH Ed(jaR; pagt ^^ 

Natoma, No. 64 William Oliver Davis, Master. 

Amador, No. 65 Robert Aitken, Master and Past Master. 

Forest, No. 66. 

Geo. Washington Perkins, Master and Past Master ; 
Perry Bonham, Junior Warden. 

Vesper, No. 84. . j \ 

Morning Star, No. 68 John Daly, Master. 

Corinthian, No. 69 Amasa Willey White, Master. 

Enterprise, . . .No. 70 John McIlmoil, Master and Past Master. 

Nebraska, No. 71 George Washington Sweat, Senior Warden. 

Bear ^fountain, No. 76 James Fitzgerald Anderson, Master. 

Petaluma, No. 77 William Melville Browne, Master. 

Calaveras, No. 78 Peter Nicholas Snyder, Junior Warden. 

Humboldt, No. 79 Richard Wilson Brett, Representative and P. M. 

lone, No. 80 John Whitton Surface, Master. 

Rising Star, No. 83 Ambrose Hall Cowden, Master and Past Master. 

Nathaniel Merrill, Master ; 

William Boyd Parker, Past Master. 

T ,. -r,. . XT OP ( Robert King Claiborne, Master ; 

Indian Dig qmqs, No. 85..-J, „ r „ _ ' M 

* v * ( James Washington Reppy, Past Master. 

Saint Louis, No. 86 Elias Anderson, Master. 

North Star, No. 91 Alexander Owens, Representative. 

Acacia, No. 92 And'w Jackson Christie, Master and Past Master. 

( John Hall Allison, Master and Past Master ; 
Saint Helena, No. 93. . ) Gabriel Powler Chrisman, Junior Warden ; 

(. Edward L. Levy, Past Master. 

Henry Clay, No. 95 Kinsey Faulkner Marr, Senior Warden. 

Howard, No. 96 John Morris Walbridge, Master and Past Master. 

Jefferson, No. 97 . . Benjamin Wilcox Barnes, Master and Past Master. 

j David Steward Kirkpatrick, Master ; 
" ( Robert Roberson Givens, Past Master. 

La Grange, No. 99 Frederick Becker, Master and Past Master. 

Campo Seco, No. 100 James Creighton, Senior Warden. 

r j Wm. Henry Kruger, Master ; 

°* ( Isaac Tibbetts Coffin, Past Master. 

Manzanita, No. 102 John Storer McBride, Master. 

300 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

__ , n ( Charles Burroughs, Senior Warden ; • 

0roville No - 103 - • I Isaac Upham, Past Master. 

Lexington, No. 104 Robert Houston, Junior Warden. 

Siskiyou, No. 105 Edward Donaghy, Master and Past Master. 

Areata, No. 106.. . Isaac Culberg, Representative. 

Mount Jefferson, No. 107 Winslow Hubbard, Representee and Past Master. 

Owen, No. 108 Sigmund Simon, Master. 

Dibble, ... No. 109 Josiah Sanders, Junior Warden. 

j Thomas Beck, Master and Past Master ; 
Pa J aro No ' U0 - * \ William G. Hudson, Junior Warden. 

Ghico, No. Ill Charles Lewis Pond, Master. 

Summit, No. 112 James Stinson, Master. 

Eden, No. 113 William Wighton Reid, Master. 

Saint Mark's, No. 115 Columbus Allen Purinton, Master. 

( Elijah Mason Dixon, Master ; 
Clinton, No. 119. . \ Athanasius Pryor, ) „ 

(Joseph Weil, } Past Masters. 

f Wm. Henry Culver, Master and Past Master ; 

George Robins, Junior Warden ; 
F^Uty, No. 120.. J Louls CoHN> 

[ Julius Platshek, 

(. Past Masters. 

i Adams Barrett, Senior Warden ; 

Ionic > No - m " j James Dods, Past Master. 

Alamo, No. 122 John Slitz, Representative. 

j J° HN Sharp Shafer, Master and Past Master ; 
Sotoyome, No. 123. . { Charles Edward Hutton, Past Master. 

Table Mountain, No. 124 Thomas Callow, Master and Past Master. 

La Fayette, No. 126 Ibving Nolan McGuire, Master and Past Master. 

j Henry Kenitzer, Senior Warden ; 
Hermann, No. 127. . -j Jqhn George Andresen , Past Master. 

Visalia, No. 12S Elias Jacob, Representative and Past Master. 

Woodbridge, No. 131 Edwin Byron Sherman, Master and Past Master. 

Vacaville, No. 134 Henry Eversole, Master and Past Master. 

Valley, No. 135. . . .Nathaniel Siggon Harrold, Master. 

t Henry Blake Forester, Master and Past Master ; 
Pacific, No. 136. . J George Penlington, Senior Warden ; 

( John Fitzmaurice Kennedy, Junior Warden. 
Violet, No. 138 John Dodd Skinner, Master and Past Master. 

j William Joseph Robbins, Senior Warden ; 
& oclceU > No * 139 - • "j Frank Nicholayson, Junior Warden. 

Curtis, No. 140 Harry Kier, Master and Past Master. 

IJas. Montgom'y Wilson, Master and Past Master ; 
Edward Lewis Hamilton, Junior Warden. 

Franklin, No. 143 Reuben Kercheval, Past Master. 

r John Bell, Master ; 

Oriental, No. 144. . J James Pullman, ) pagt Magterg# 

(. Amasa Wright Bishop, J 

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( Chas. Richard Arthur, Master and Past Master ; 
VUruvius, No. 145. . -j Theo[)ORE GuEVAllA Cockrill, Past Master. 

Abell, No. 146 Thomas Langley Carothers, Master. 

Eel River, No. 147 William Isaac Webster, Senior Warden. 

j Albert Augustus Smith, Master; 
Lassen, No. 149. . -j Jqhn Sherrill Ward> Past Master . 

Palmyra, No. 151 Ralph Josiah Van Voorhies, Junior Warden. 

Franklin Ennis, Master ; 
Robert McGoun, Past Master. 

Mount Carmel, No. 155. . -j 

Mission, No. 169. 

Woodland, No. 156 Jas. Kersen Smith, Senior Warden and Past Master. 

Gibsonville, No. 158 Edwin Stone, Master. 

! Pilot Hill, No. 160 George Bolivar Mudd, Senior Warden. 

' Keystone, No. 161 Barlow Dyer, Master. 

Harmony, No. 164 Henry Warner, Representative. 

[James Anderson, Master and Past Master ; 
j Lawrence Conly Owen, ) 
j Excelsior, No, 166. . Stbwart Menzies> f Past Masters . 

[Addison Martin, J 

\ Alameda, No. 167 — Lorenzo Gordin Yates, Master and Past Master. 

San Mateo, No. 168 Nelson Dennis, Master. 

Fred'k Adelbert Waterhouse, Senior Warden ; 

James Edward Connolly, Junior Warden ; 

Alexander Eaton, \ 

Elias Rodecker, / 

William Bradford, Y Past Masters - 

John William Harville, j 

Elk Grove, No. 173 Richard Allin, Master. 

Drytown, No. 174 William Jennings, Representative. 

Merced, No. 176 Mark Howell, Master and Past Master: 

Phoenix, No. 178 Isaac Hershel Levy, Master. 

Mendocino, No. 179 Micah Jonah Coadley Galvin, Representative. 

^ . ™ i Benjamin Franklin Tuttle, Master and Past Mast; 

ircturus, No. 180. . < AT , T , ' . „ r , 

( Noah William Scudder, Senior Warden. 

Russian Biver, No. 181 Edwin Harrison Barnes, Master and Past Master. 

Hear Lake, No. 183 Lucas Willey, Master. 

- j Edgar Haun, Master and Past Master ; 

J '" "\ William Cromwell Lemon, Senior Warden. 

; Claiborne, No. 185 Neils Iversen, Representative and Past Master. 

Evening Star, No. 186. . . Abisha Swain, Master and Past Master. 

r . , j Henry Wangenheim, Junior Warden : 

j John Matthew Keith, Past Master. 

, , , j Joseph Bonaparte Scotchler, Master ; 

' "I John Macklin Miner, Past Master. 

.atrobe, No. 189 Arthur Edmund Hill, Representative and P. M. 

T orlhern Light, No. 190 William Neal Guptill, Representative. 

Henry McCrea, MAster ; 

William N. Anderson, Past Master. 

(arin, No. 191.. •! , 

302 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

Santa Barbara, No. 192 Charles Christian Smith, Senior Warden. 

Buckeye, No. 195 John Ashlock Price, Representative. 

San Simeon, No. 196 Orson Kirk Smith, Senior Warden and Past Master. 

Paradise, No. 197 James Davis Austin, Senior Warden. 

Hartley, No. 199 Thomas Allen, Senior Warden. 

Truckee, No. 200 Michael Borowsky, Senior Warden. 

Silveyville, No. 201 William Henry Wells, Senior Warden. 

Pentalpha, No. 202 Leander Clement Goodwin, Master and Past Master. 

Confidence, No. 203 Ansel Mellen Bragg, Master and Past Master. 

Newville, U. D Henry Wethers Brown, Delegate and Past Master. 

„ _ __ ( Septimus Allen Cleveland, Delegate and Past M.; 

«"•"*««". u - D "-JHraBY G.James, Delegate. 

King David' s U. D Newton Dennis Witt, Delegate and Past Master. 

Bio Vista, U. D Charles Andrew Pine, Delegate. 

Which report was concurred in, and the brethren therein named were 
admitted to seats. 

The Grand Master then delivered his Annual Address to the Grand 
Lodge, as follows : — 
Brethren of the Grand Lodge of California: — 

How the years touch us, and spring into eternity ! As yesterday we parted, and 
to-day another mile-stone marks our progress toward the silent city of our common des- 
tination ! Twelve months more, fleeting, vanishing, like the morning dew-drops glisten- 
ing for a moment to exhale and perish, have come, lingered, and passed away forever. 
To some they have been crowned with the blessings over which memory will ever 
Hinder with unabated joy ; to others they have been, Oh ! how sad, how weary, how 
desolate and oppressive. To me, indeed, they have been filled with the bitterness 
whica tlie heart can never taste in all its withering pangs but once. It has been the 
fateful period in which the Supreme Grand Master has seen fit to demand the sacrifice 
which dwarfs and overshadows all other afflictions — when the angel of death could 
not be induced to pass over the happy household, until the jewel had been plucked 
from the crown and the fires quenched forever on the altars. Into these brief months 
have been poured and shaken down, until the measure has filled and overflown, the 
sorrows for which, there is no consoling reflection save in the sublime lessons taught so 
well within this temple — in the sad remembrance that, though the allotted years of life 
be multiplied by themselves a thousand times, no such agony can come again, and in 
the assurance of the sympathy and condolence of you, my Brethren in Freemasonry. 
But while they have been months of weariness and pain to me, to you I hope and 
trust they have been filled with gladness and all earthly joys ; and that each in his 
appropriate sphere has shared the general prosperity of this young and vigorous com- 

Turning from our individual and isolated experiences to balance the general good 
and evil, we find indeed abundant reasons to give thanks to Him who has already given 
so much to us. The zealous earth has yielded with no sparing hand her accustomed 
fruits and the miracle of the wedding feast has been each day surpassed, wherever the 
hand of patient industry has sought its legitimate reward. While our brethren in for- 
eign Jurisdictions have shed each other's blood in obedience to the ambition or caprice 
of their imperial masters, or suffered persecution and death for no crime save that of 
being Freemasons, peace and tranquillity have pervaded all our borders, and a tolerant 
and beneficent government has given constant approval to the cultivation of Masonic 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 303 

science. The year too has been crowned with the grandest of all earthly blessings, 
general health ; and so with the potent and blessed trio, peace, prosperity, and physi- 
cal welfare, well may we gather at our altars to-day with hearts filled and glowing with 
gratitude to the Great Author of our existence. 

With pride I greet you on this opening morning oi another yearly festival, with 
pleasure I report to you the general prosperity of the Craft; while with painful solici- 
tude and anxiety I await your judgment on my official acts. 

To Freemasonry the year has been sufficiently prosperous, as prosperity is usually 
estimated. Members have been added in sufficient numbers, and the material strength 
of the Fraternity, as strength is too often judged, has been in no degree impaired. 
But let us not deceive ourselves with these appearances. A mere increase of numbers 
is no cause of congratulation, and I repeat to you as my solemn conviction, what has 
been already said by the Grand Masters of perhaps every jurisdiction on this conti- 
nent, that if there is one thing which, more than all others combined, threatens the 
downfall of this patriarchal institution, it is its growing popularity. A rapid accession 
of indifferent members, a too cautious use of the negative ballot, and a cowardly 
indisposition to apply Masonic discipline to those already within the fold— these are 
the quicksands and bars on which Freemasonry may yet founder. Through these 
faults you are filling your ranks with unworthy members, inspired with no loftier 
ambition than to live in indolence upon the toil of their brethren; and following this, 
you have been compelled by the very principles of self-preservation to shift your per- 
sonal obligations to your brethren, from yourselves individually, to the Lodge in its 
collective capacity ; aud then permit the Lodge in turn to set up an arbitrary and 
offensive rule to shut off these drones whom your own folly and neglect have 
brought into your household. Thus the Masonic conscience is compelled to 
shield itself from the Masonic obligation by the specious but shallow pretext that 
he who appeals for aid has not performed his duties to the Lodge of which he 
is a member. It is these vices and innovations which may yet destroy the identity of 
Masonry, and reduce it to the level of a mere mutual aid association. I cannot 
express to you the chagrin and sorrow I have sometimes experienced in consequence 
of these unhappy conditions. A distressed brother asks for assistance, and he is in 
turn asked, as coldly as the banker asks for his securities, if he has paid his dues; 
and if his misfortunes compel him to answer in the negative, no matter what the cause, 
or how worthy he may be in other respects, his claims are ignored, and he is sent 
empty away. At last he dies, and the penalties of his poverty follow him still. The 
last rites, so prized by the appreciative Mason, are denied him, because the Secretary 
has balanced his account and found him indebted to the Lodge for six month's dues. 
A few months later, and the widow of the deceased brother comes in her sable robes, 
with famishing childhood at her side, spirit-broken and sick at heart at being com- 
pelled to appeal to us, yet appealing with perfect confidence, because she knows her 
dead idol was a Mason ; and she is gravely told that her husband died under the ban 
of suspension. Suspended — and for what? she asks. What wrong had he committed 
which deserved this? No moral wrong ; he was a good man and true ; but he was 
poor, and had not paid his dues for the last six months. And to the humiliation which 
she experienced in asking for asssistance, is added the more humiliating conviction 
that Masonry is a deception and a snare, failing to practice the beautiful theory it 
professes ; and that her husband, after all his years of labor and devotion to what he 
deemed the living embodiment of all virtue, lived and died the deluded victim of a 
mockery and falsehood. In the name of the Ancient Brotherhood, I protest against 
this unmasonic feature of modern Masonry. If this be in fact the full force of our obli- 
gations to each other, let us change the form of those obligations. Let us no longer 
promise to aid and assist the distressed, but make it in form what we are making it in 
practice, and promise to aid and assist them if they have balanced their accounts with 
the Secretary of the Lodge. 

304 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

These utterances are distasteful to- you, my brethren, but they are well de- 
served ; and if you would escape from such animadversions, if you would remove 
your noble institution from beneath the cloud which overshadows, and beyond 
the reach of the tempest which threatens it, begin, as I have suggested, at the very 
foundation of the evil. Remember that the strength of the Brotherhood depends 
not on the number, but on the character of the members, and let the proper and dili- 
gent use of the black ball attest your fidelity to this principle. Be diligent, too, in the 
application of discipline. If you find one among you unworthy of confidence and 
trust, admonish him gently, reform and bring him up to the true standard of 
Masonic excellence, if may be ; but when the conviction is forced upon you that you 
can not accomplish this, cast him out with a quick and relentless hand. Let those 
who are of us understand that Masonry sets up a higher standard of morals and 
virtue than the mere law of the land imposes. Let them know that it is not 
necessary they should commit some crime for which that law will consign 
them to a felon's cell, before they can be punished by the Masonic code ; but that, 
on the contrary, when one Mason acts in bad faith with another in any degree, he has 
violated his obligation and should sufler the penalty. Let those, also, who are to be 
received hereafter, come with the full understanding that they are expected to give 
rather than receive, to do good to their fellow men rather than be pensioners upon 
them. Be not satisfied with the mere negative fact that you know no evil of the can- 
didate, but assure yourselves, before you accept him, that his temper and metal are 
such, that no fear need be entertained that he will ever violate a vow or make an 
improper use of his claim upon the Fraternity. The rigid observance of these rules 
for a series of years, and not many years will be required, will restore the goodly con- 
dition of former years, when the moral force of the Masonic obligation was alone 
sufficient to secure obedience to all requirements, and enable you to feel that it is 
again an honor and distinction in society to be hailed and recognized as a Freemason. 
With these views it has been my constant effort, in visiting Lodges, to impress upon 
my brethren a higher standard of Masonic excellence, more exacting tests of fitness 
in candidates, a more rigid observance of our solemn personal obligations to each 
other in all our intercourse, and more readiness to punish every departure from those 
obligations. I have urged upon them everywhere, that the so-called lesser evils of 
society, of which the law of the land takes no cognizance — intemperance, profanity, 
evil speaking, hypocrisy and deception — are all Masonic offences; and, as we would 
preserve the ancient lustre and hallowed charm which has so long encircled the Fra- 
ternity, we can not be too zealous in their condemnation and punishment. And I am 
happy in the belief that these efforts have not been entirely barren of results, and 
only regret that I have not been able to extend my personal observation and efforts 

I have visited about thirty of the Lodges, in all of which, but one, I have witnessed 
the conferriug the third degree, and, in every instance but one, in strict conformity 
with the prescribed ritual. I have not confined myself in these visits to a simple su- 
perintendence of the labors of the Lodge for the evening, but have examined with care 
the books and records, looked into the manner of transacting the general business, and 
made diligent inquiry as to the disbursement of Masonic charities. In all these re- 
spects I have found but very little to criticise, but have never hesitated to express my 
disapprobation of whatever seemed to me in any degree unmasonic. From this limited 
experience I am satisfied that, if a general visitation by the Grand Master, or some pro- 
per person chosen for the purpose, could be had even at intervals of five or ten years, 
the good which would result therefrom would be almost incalculable. The matter is 
worthy of serious consideration. But what provision, if any, could be made for such 
purposes, I am at a loss to suggest. Certainly, something of that nature is sadly needed. 

With one hundred and seventy Lodges under our jurisdiction, the correspondence of 
this office has grown to a matter of considerable magnitude. Something more than one 
hundred and fifty letters have been received by me, asking perhaps twice as man 

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questions of Masonic Law. These have all been answered promptly and in detail. Of 
all this multitude of questions, but very few are deemed of sufficient importance lo report 
to you— a very large proportion having been already decided by my predecessors and 
this Grand Lodge, and others being answered by the plain and obvious reading of our 
Constitution ; so that it was hardly possible for me to err. There were some, however, 
for which I found no precise precedent, and some for which, in my judgment, the 
rule should be changed, and 1 submit all such to your consideration. 

Soon after our last Annual Communication the Master of Northern Light Lodge 
inquired if it was necessary to take a ballot for the degrees, when the report of the 
committee was unfavorable ; and I replied, without much thought or consideration, that 
a ballot in such case was unnecessary ; that on reading the report the Master should 
at once declare the candidate rejected, and the Secretary report him accordingly. 
Soon thereafter the same question was asked by Pentalpha Lodge, and I then gave 
the matter more reflection; and, on consultation with some of my brethren in 
whom I had great confidence, I advised the Master of the latter Lodge to take the 
ballot in all cases, until a different rule should be promulgated by the Grand Lodge. 
Practically, it can make no difference which course is pursued, for it is hardly possi- 
ble that an election could take place over an unfavorable report ; but in theory and 
principle the question is one of some importance. Taking the ballot implies the right 
to elect as well as the right to reject ; and the right to elect does not, in any just 
sense of the term, exist in the presence of an unfavorable report. If, indeed, the bal- 
lot should be favorable under such circumstances, it would undoubtedly be the duty 
of the Master to regard the unfavorable report, until withdrawn, as a standing objec- 
tion to initiation ; and the ballot would thus have been an empty ceremony, without 
any possible effect — a folly of which Masonry ought never to be guilty. Again, it 
might well happen that the brethren making the report, were the only ones in the 
Lodge having objections to the candidate ; and they might necessarily be absent at 
the time of the ballot. All the other brethren might desire the election of the candi- 
date, in spite of the unfavorable report, and such election, if thus had, (unless as 
suggested above, the unfavorable report be regarded as a standing objection,) might 
be followed by immediate initiation, and thus the absolute right of the objecting mem- 
bers be entirely disregarded and overborne. A rule which thus opens the way to the 
perpetration of an absolute wrong, cannot be correct in principle. 

And again, if the ballot is to be taken, notwithstanding the unfavorable report, it 
presents an opportunity and temptation for the exercise of every variety of improper 
influences to secure an election. The report itself points out the particular brethren 
who are dissatisfied, and they will be immediately assailed, by those who particularly 
desire an election, with every conceivable argument and persuasion; and thus the 
independence and sacredness of the ballot be entirely destroyed : for, how often these 
personal influences and the desire to gratify brethren would affect the result, those 
who understand the weakness of human nature can judge as well as I. The very fact 
alone that such a course is tikely to lead to the exercise of these influences, is a suffi- 
cient reason why the ballot should not be taken. The Lodge should not be allowed 
the opportunity to elect, if it would. I am abundantly satisfied that, upon reason and 
principle, for the peace and harmony of Lodges, for the purity and independence 
of the ballot, and for the honor and protection of committees in case of their absence 
from Lodge when their reports are considered, a ballot ought never to be allowed on 
an unfavorable finding. There is nothing in our Constitution which requires a ballot 
in such a case, nor is there any provision which necessarily implies as much ; and in 
the absence of such provisions I am in full concurrence with Bro. Mackey, that, by 
the Common Law of Masonry, an unfavorable report is equivalent to a rejection. I 
am aware that in several of the other jurisdictions it has been held that the ballot 
should be taken in all cases ; but an investigation will reveal the fact that these decis- 
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of the Constitution. In this State the question has never been determined. In one or 
two cases, language broad enough to cover this question has been used by the Com- 
mittee on Jurisprudence ; but such language was of course used with reference to the 
facts of the particular cases then under consideration, and those facts did not present a 
case of unfavorable report, but an attempted withdrawal of the petition itself, for the 
purpose, doubtless, of escaping the black ball. But, while 1 am confident that the prac- 
tice ought to be as I have suggested, it is more than possible that by common consent 
and long continued custom, the other has become in fact the rule in this jurisdiction. 
Be this as it may, the question is being continually asked, and I regard it of sufficient 
importance to call for an unmistakable declaration by the Grand Lodge. 

I have been repeatedly asked whether a ballot can be avoided where the commit- 
tee find the candidate worthy in all respects, but ineligible from non-residence. 
My own opinion is, that cases arise in which it ought to be, and can be. By the lan- 
guage of our Constitution, the petition is referred to a committee that strict exam- 
ination may be made as to the " moral, mental, and physical qualifications " of the can- 
didate. Suppose the committee find him perfect, " morally, mentally, and physically"; 
but the fact is discovered that he has been a day less than a year in the State. This cer- 
tainly renders him ineligible, but can it be said with any propriety that it renders him 
" unworthy"? Must the committee then, inevitably, report him unworthy, and he be 
black-balled? In my judgment, the use of the black ball in such a case would be an 
utter perversion of its purposes. It would be a solemn declaration that the candidate 
was " unworthy," whereas the fact is that he is in all respects " worthy," but simply 
ineligible. It would say to the Masons throughout the jurisdiction that the candidate 
was morally, mentally, or physically unfit to associate with us, when in fact such was 
not the case. I do not believe that a rule which leads to such a result can be correct 
in principle. My own opinion is, that in such a case the committee might very well 
report specially, that they find the candidate in all respects worthy (if such be the 
fact), but incompetent to receive the degrees, from not having residad long enough 
within the jurisdiction ; and that on the coming in of such a report, it would be com- 
petent and proper for the Master to declare the candidate ineligible, and refuse all 
further action. The other course involves a falsehood and leads to injustice. Indeed, 
if the argument be pursued to its precise and logical conclusion, it may be gravely 
questioned whether the Lodge has, in such a case, any right to ballot; for it has not 
acquired jurisdiction of the person. Another Lodge, somewhere, still holds jurisdic- 
tion over him, and that other Lodge alone has the right, strictly, to receive and pass 
upon his petition. In the language of the lawyers, the ballot, if taken, would be 
coram nonjudice, and void. The ballot, too, would be a contradiction in itself. You 
could not elect him, and how can that be called an election in which you have no 
election, but are compelled to reject? Those who contend that a ballot must be had, 
place it on the ground that our Constitution inhibits the withdrawal of a petition. But 
the withdrawal of a petition by the candidate or his friends, and the refusal on the 
part of the Lodge to entertain it, are propositions so different in all their aspects, that 
the most illogical mind cannot confound them. If the rule be, as claimed by some, 
that the ballot must be taken and the candidate black balled, it is a harsh and unjust 
rule ; and, being harsh and unjust, it ought to be changed, for Masonry delights in 
exact and equal justice. We have no right to stamp the character of any man with 
the odium of Masonic rejection, and proclaim the fact to every Mason in the jurisdic- 
tion, unless he is in some respect unworthy, as well as ineligible. 

It is probably with a view to escaping this very injustice that some of the Grand 
Lodges have recently adopted a system of special reporting. The committee draw no 
conclusion as to the candidate's being worthy or unworthy, but simply state all the 
material facts concerning him— how long he has resided in town, his age, health, 
physical conformation, habits, occupation, etc.; leaving the Lodge to dispose of the 
petition as it may choose upon the reported facts ; a decided improvement, in my 
judgment, on our present method. 

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As I have advised the Master of a Lodge, in one instance at least, to pursue the 
course I have here indicated as being competent and proper, I trust this Grand Body 
will at once determine the rule, that if I have erred, the error need not be perpet- 

An unsettled question touching physical qualifications was presented for solution 
in November last. A candidate had been elected in another jurisdiction, and had 
there received the first degree. Subsequently he lost a leg, and after this misfortune 
applied for the remaining degrees here, with the proper certificate and permit from 
the Lodge where initiated. It was claimed that something was due to the fact of his 
having received the first degree ; that he was already a Mason, and the question was 
not one of making, but simply of finishing ; that he had already acquired some rights, 
and occupied a position very different from that of a profane seeking initiation, and 
that his advancement would be no violation of the regulation touching physical con- 
formation. Certainly there is some force and good reasoning in all this. It may be 
also conceded that in this age, and with Masonry as now practiced, a purely specula- 
tive science, the mental and moral qualifications are far more important than the phy- 
sical ; and much of the reasoning on which the ancient requirements were based, has 
now no application. Besides, the regulations apply in terms only to the uninitiated, 
and not to him who has already commenced his Masonic course. That it would be 
competent for this Grand Lodge to relax this rule as to the advancement of candi- 
dates, I have no doubt ; but whether it would be advisable to do so, you in your wisdom 
must determine. On the one hand cases arise like the present where the rigid exac- 
tion of physical perfection at every stage of the course, seems to operate as a serious 
hardship to the individual. He is, in fact and theory, already a Mason, but must re- 
main perpetually, through no fault of his own, shut off from all further light, his Masonic 
education unfinished, and himself excluded from the enjoyment of all Lodge privi- 
leges, and even from Masonic burial. On the other hand, the conservative feature of 
Masonry, its unchangeable character, is one of its greatest charms, and its chief bul- 
wark and defense ; and the work of change and modification once begun might lead 
to most disastrous results. With no positive rule or precedent to guide me, I felt ob- 
liged, by the analogies of the case, to pronounce the applicant disqualified for advance- 

I have been repeatedly asked, can a Mason be tried for acts committed before his 
initiation? There has been no adjudication on this question in this jurisdiction, and 
it has been a matter of much sharp controversy, and various decisions in other Grand 
Lodges. Some have asserted the right broadly and without any qualification, and 
others have denied it in loto. Neither of these rules are, in my judgment, cor- 
rect, but should be qualified by certain general principles, by the intelligent 
application of which, every conceivable case may be properly disposed of. There 
are acts not wrong or immoral in themselves, which are still inhibited by the 
Masonic obligation. Such an act, committed before initiation, could never be the 
subject of investigation; for it is only by virtue of having been done in violation of 
the Masonic obligation that it could be an offense at all ; and how can one violate an 
obligation before he has taken it ? But those acts which are in themselves wrong or 
immoral, though committed before initiation, may be afterwards punished, unless the 
Lodge, at the time of election, had knowledge of the facts. But if the Lodge, with a 
full knowledge of the fact that the candidate had perpetrated a wrong deserving disci- 
pline, should still elect him, such election should be considered a condonation of the 
offence ; and good faith would preclude any further investigation. In such case the 
Lodge itself should be punished, for electing knowingly an unworthy applicant. 
I decided the question in accordance with these views, and as it is a matter of some 
practical importance, I hope the Grand Lodge will approve or disapprove the decision. 
In July last, I learned from the Secretary of Alamo Lodge, No. 122, that a can iidate 
had been there initiated who could neither read nor write. I rebuked the Lodge some 


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what sharply, for its negligence, and directed that the candidate proceed no further 
until he had properly qualified himself in those respects. 

In March last, I received a telegram from the V.\ W.\ Stephen J. Young, a Dis- 
trict Deputy Grand Master of Maine, asking for a subordinate in that State permission 
to confer the degrees of Masonry on a gentleman whose home and residence were in 
Surprise Valley, in this State. While I very much desired, as a matter of fraternal 
courtesy, to grant this request, yet, knowing nothing of the candidate, nor of any 
sufficient circumstances to induce his application there, and apprehending that possi- 
bly the brethren in the vicinity of Surprise Valley might have serious and well- 
founded objections to his becoming a Mason, I felt obliged to deny the request. 

I regret that I must also report a few cases of confusion and irregularity among 
our own Lodges, a detailed statement of which seems necessary to a proper 
understanding of the measures I thought proper and necessary to adopt. As this will 
necessarily occupy considerable time and space, and as I am only to-day in posses- 
sion of some of the facts in one of these cases, I shall make them all the subject of a 
special communication to you to-morrow morning. 

The status and pretensions of the so-called Grand Lodge of Quebec, will demand 
your serious consideration. In my judgment it is one of those matters on which this 
Grand Lodge should take decisive action, and that without delay. Any attempt to 
evade fairly meeting and disposing of the whole subject-matter, would be a species of 
moral cowardice, and delay can only result in more serious and irreconcilable difficul- 
ties. I trust, therefore, that you will manifest yourselves, one way or the other, in unmis- 
takable terms. All of the pertinent facts will be gathered from the various papers 
herewith submitted, and it will be hardly necessary or appropriate for me to restate 
them in this document. I regret to say that two of our Sister Grand Lodges have 
already recognized this new star in the Masonic firmament, born of rebellion, and 
without the usual justification of wrong or oppression, and that others, so far as their 
reports have been received, have maintained a state of masterly inactivity. Certain 
it is, that the territory to be occupied by the new Grand Lodge has been Masonically 
occupied by the Grand Lodge of Canada for fifteen years last past ; and that during all of 
this time the latter Body has been recognized, not only by the Lodges in the now 
Province of Quebec, but throughout the entire Masonic world, as the supreme and 
exclusive Masonic sovereignty in that territory ; for, although there are several 
Lodges in the territory holding their charters from the Grand Lodges of England 
and Scotland, yet, since 1855, they have so held under and by virtue of an express 
stipulation and consent on the part of the Grand Lodge of Canada. But, in 
1867, the political government of the entire country under the jurisdiction of the 
Grand Lodge of Canada was reorganized, and new municipal boundaries created ; 
and upon this alone the Grand Lodge of Quebec rests its claim of regularity and 
recognition. The Grand Lodges which have already recognized the new body, seem 
to place it entirely upon the ground of precedents — those precedents being the 
formation of the various Grand Lodges in the United States, after the Revolution, 
and the more recent case of West Virginia. The cases could scarcely be more 
unlike in all their essential elements. In all the cases cited there was the absolute 
suspension and destruction of an existing government ; the sundering of allegiance ; 
the overthrow and annihilation of a political sovereignty ; and the establishment of 
a new sovereignty in its stead, to which the people were obliged to accord a new 
allegiance. In the case under consideration none of these things have occurred. 
There has been no severing of any allegiance, no old sovereignty destroyed, and no 
new one created. But the same old government and political power, still existing 
and supreme, has itself, upon its own volition, by a mere act of legislation simply, 
prescribed a new method of administering itself, and adopted new local and municipal 
machinery for that purpose. There has been nothing but a mere act of legislation ; 
and the local Parliament which this act of legislation granted to the Province of Que- 

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bee is more akin to our City and County than to our State Governments. It is for 
municipal purposes only. It exercises such powers only as are delegated to it by 
the sovereignty, instead of, as is the oase in our State Governments, exercising all 
the powers of sovereignty, except such as it has itself delegated to another. If our 
State Legislature should proceed to reorganize the counties of this State — creating 
new ones— and the Lodges within these new counties should proceed, without your 
consent, to organize a new Grand Lodge, it would be far more analogous to the pre- 
sent rase than are the precedents cited. If the position of the Grand Lodge of 
Quebec be maintainable, Masonic allegiance depends upon the legislative will of 
the country ; and as often as it may suit the caprice of the British Government to 
reorganize and subdivide the Province of Quebec, so often all Masonic allegiance 
must be there destroyed. 

If the Act of Parliament, reorganizing and dividing the Province of Canada, ab- 
solved the Lodges in the now Province of Quebec from their allegiance to the Grand 
Lodge of Canada, it equally absolved the Lodges in the uow Province of Ontario 
from their allegiance ; and the Grand Lodge of Canada is to-day without any power 
or jurisdiction whatever, except by the sufferance of the Lodges which may still 
choose to cling to her. These are some of the absurdities into which the vicious 
reasoning of some of our sister Grand Lodges inevitably lead us. Now, that the 
Province of Quebec presents a proper field for a new Grand Lodge, and that 
the general interests of the Craft would be promoted by a division of the juris- 
diction of the Grand Lodge of Canada, I am inclined to believe ; and I would not 
hesitate to unite in advising and urging the Grand Lodge of Canada to assent 
thereto, upon a proper application, and on fair and reasonable terms. But in the 
present movement, as it now presents itself, I see nothing but causeless and unquali- 
fied rebellion ; and, until the consent of the Grand Lodge of Canada has been given, 
a proper respect for the dignity of our sister Grand Bodies demands, in my judg- 
ment, that we set our faces firmly against recognition ; and, if need be, place the re- 
bellious Lodges under the ban of non-intercourse. If precedents are to be invoked, 
this Grand Lodge has set one for itself, in its refusal to recognize the Grand Lodge of 
Canada until the Grand Lodge of England had first done so. I repeat, that it is a 
case of rebellion simple and unmitigated ; and against rebellion in every form and 
from every source, the spirit, the traditions, and the principles of Freemasonry are 
unalterably opposed. 

Dispensations for the formation of seven new Lodges have been issued during 
the Masonic year, and applications for four others have been denied. In several 
other cases, brethren have been deterred from making application, by receiving the 
assurance that their petitions would be denied. I have been decidedly cautious about 
granting these dispensations, for we already have a half-dozen or more Lodges drag- 
ging out a most lame and impotent existence, doing no Masonic work, disbursing no* 
charities, and maintaining their organization to no purpose, except to draw from the 
Grand Lodge their yearly stipend in the payment of their Representative. One 
Lodge has surrendered its charter, during the summer, and lam fully persuaded, 
that the general welfare of the jurisdiction would be promoted, while no individual 
Mason would be seriously injured, if several others would speedily follow the ex- 

Before granting any dispensation, I have required abundant evidence that the 
population in the vicinage was permanent and increasing ; that there was already, 
within convenient distance, abundant material whereof to build, without crippling 
any existing Lodge ; that the petitioners were too remote from any Lodge to be in 
the enjoyment of Lodge privileges ; and that those having the enterprise in hand 
were fully imbued with the spirit of Masonry, and would take good care that no dis • 
credit would result from their labors. 

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Eight special dispensations have also been issued ; two to ballot without reference, 
three to re-ballot within the constitutional period, and three to elect officers at a time 
other than that specified in the by-laws of the Lodge. Many applications for special 
dispensations have been refused, no sufficient reason being assigned therefor ; and, in 
this connection, perhaps it would be profitable to call the attention of Masters to the 
often trivial, and sometimes un-Masonic causes assigned in these applications. In 
several instances dispensations to ballot without reference were asked for the simple 
reason that the candidate "was going away." It is just possible that the sincerity 
of an individual, who has lived to maturity without discovering any of the beauties of 
Masonry, but is suddenly impressed therewith when on the eve of traveling among 
strangers, might be justly distrusted. I am myself uncharitable enough to ascribe these 
sudden conversions to some other causes, as readily as to the one which should exist. 
At all events, Masonry is not so eager for proselytes that the Grand Master should 
open the doors for such applicants by the extraordinary process of a special dispen- 

El Dorado Lodge, No. 26, and Palmyra Lodge, No. 151, having determined to 
celebrate St. John's day, (last past) by procession, oration, dinner, and so forth, the 
proceeds to be applied to Masonic charities, asked permission to appear on the occa- 
sion in regalia. The permit was granted, accompanied by a gentle admonition to lay 
aside the regalia as soon as the Masonic services were over, and not to appear 
Masonically clothed at any ball or like entertainment. 

Authorizations have been issued within the year to Humboldt Lodge, No. 79, 
and Tuolumne Lodge, No. 8, to lay the corner-stone of and dedicate new halls, erected 
and owned by said Lodges, respectively. I have no report of their proceedings from 
the persons authorized to perform these ceremonies, but, from the high character of 
.the individuals, I have no doubt everything was properly and satisfactorily done. 

Early in May last, this Grand Lodge was invited, by the proper authorities, to lay 
tfhe corner-stone of the new United States Branch Mint Building, in this city. The 
invitation was accepted, and the Grand Lodge was specially convened for that purpose, 
on the twenty-fifth day of the same month. There was a very large attendance of 
the brethren, and, escorted by California Commandery and attended by other Masonic 
Bodies, the Grand Lodge repaired to the spot, and there laid the corner-stone in 
accordance with all our ancient ceremonies and in the presence of a very large assem- 
blage of people. I am pleased to say that the occasion was one of much pleasure 
and fraternal intercourse and greeting, and that all the arrangements and ceremonies 
seem to have met the entire approval of the Craft. 

On the twenty-eighth of September, I authorized the Worshipful John C. Burch, 
a Past Master of Santa Rosa Lodge, No. 57, to lay the corner-stone of the Pacific 
Methodist College, with all Masonic ceremonies. A report of the proceedings reached 
this office yesterday, brief, but entirely satisfactory. 

The Grand Lodge was invited by the proper authorities to participate in its Ma- 
sonic capacity in the celebration of the Fourth Day of July, which invitation was of 
course courteously declined, in accordance with our established practice and regula- 

I regret to say that the Grand Orient of France still maintains its unmasonic and rep 
rehensible attitude toward the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. Perhaps in no jurisdiction 
on this continent is the ban of non-intercourse with Masons holding allegiance to that 
Grand Body so keenly felt as here. The large number of French brethren here, who 
are zealous and exemplary Masons, are sadly vexed and oppressed by the existing 
condition of things ; and this fact furnishes a special reason why this Grand Body 
should continue to exert every influence to induce the Grand Orient to recede from 
its most untenable position. It is only a question of time. Sooner or later it must 
recede, and the sooner it is done the more graceful and commendable the act will be. 
It is a marvel that so intelligent and illustrious a body should have committed so man- 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 311 

ifest and serious a mistake. Whether any further action in the premises is advisable 
by this Grand Lodge, is a matter I commend to your consideration. Our relations 
with all the other recognized Grand Bodies continue to be of the most cordial and fra- 
ternal character. 

Representatives of this Grand Lodge abroad have been nominated by me in two 
instances only : Past Grand Master Stephens, of Florida, near the Grand Lodge 
of that State, and Past Grand Master McCraken, of Oregon, near the Grand Lodge 
of Oregon. These appointments have been made as responses, rather than 
otherwise, to like appointments within our jurisdiction by the Grand Lodges named. 
I do not refer to this as indicating on my part any distrust of the propriety of making 
such appointments. On the contrary, I am fully persuaded that a general inter- 
change of representatives, among all the jurisdictions, might be made productive of 
great good, by its tendency, if the office should be actively exercised, to draw us 
nearer together and make us better acquainted by the exchange of such fraternal 
courtesies and hospitalities, and to consolidate the whole brotherhood of the conti- 
nent in a single and more homogeneous family. But to produce any such results, 
these Representatives must manifest themselves in some other manner than by the 
mere formal presentation of their credentials and exhibition of their jewels. While I 
entertain these opinions, yet, as the system of Grand Lodge Representatives is now 
managed— the position being, in practice, an office without a function— a name with- 
out substance or significance — I have elected to make such appointments only when 
the corresponding Grand Lodge has first accredited a Representative to us. 

Since our last Communication, about forty of our Lodges have adopted amend- 
ments to their by-laws abolishing or reducing the affiliation fee, in accordance with 
the recommendation of the Grand Lodge. In probably two-thirds of these cases we 
have been obliged to return the certificates for want of form and sufficiency. This 
has imposed considerable labor on the Grand Master and Grand Secretary, and the 
same process is likely to be continued, unless the Grand Lodge shall take further 
action in the matter. Now, if it was right and proper for the Grand Lodge to recom- 
mend these amendments (and I think it was), it seems to me it would be equally right 
and proper for the Grand Lodge to enact the amendment, and not leave the matter 
half done, for each one of the hundred and seventy Lodges to complete. I accord- 
ingly most earnestly renew the recommendation of my immediate predecessor, that 
the Grand Lodge do now abolish, in toto, the affiliation fee. 

I also most cordially renew another recommendation of my predecessor, that the 
rule of one ballot for the three degrees be made obligatory on all the Lodges. Unless 
this is done, some of our Lodges will soon be again burdened with long lists of unfin- 
ished Masons. Besides, after a person has been initiated, I do not think he should be 
then left in a situation where the caprice or ill-will of a single member can absolutely 
and without any just cause stop his Masonic course. He has then some rights as a 
Mason, and should be permitted to advance, unless there be some assignable cause 
for stopping him. 

Immediately after the Grand Lodge closed in October last, I commissioned the 
Worshipful John Werner Shaeffer as Grand Lecturer, who immediately submitted his 
work to the inspection of a portion of the Grand Lodge committee, and being by them 
pronounced correct in every particular, entered at once upon his duties. Since then, 
upon the production of proper certificates from him, nine Deputies have been com- 
missioned. In one instance I received a letter from the Master of the Lodge of which 
the Deputy was a member, approved by the Master of an adjacent Lodge, repre- 
senting that the individual was, by his habits, morals, and social status, unfit for the 
distinction, and asking me to revoke the commission already issued. I hardly deemed 
this showing sufficient for so summary an act on my part; but soon afterwards the 
Lodge, at its stated meeting, having preferred the same request, with a remarkable 
degree of unanimity, I at once revoked the commission. Since that time, in addition 

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to the certificate of the Grand Lecturer, I have also required the certificate of the Lodge 
of which the individual was a member, setting forth that, by his attainments, habits, de- 
portment, and moral and social status, he was a fit and proper person to be accredited 
as a teacher of Masonry. In this connection, permit me to say that I fear there is a gen' 
eral disposition among us to underrate the dignity and importance of the position of 
Grand Lecturer. No office in this body demands a more careful choice of incumbent. 
The outside world, indeed, will see more of him than of any other officer ; and both 
within and without the Fraternity he must be hailed and recognized as a representa- 
tive of this Body, in the broadest sense of the term. This is an exalted position to 
occupy, and he who fills it should be of such character and recognized worth among 
his fellow men as to command the respect of all; while among ourselves the position 
should be becomingly dignified and honored. He should be furnished with the proper 
clothing and jewel of his office, and assigned a seat on the floor of the Grand Lodge, 
and a place in all its processions. These things may seem to some like trifles. Yet 
it is just such trifles which exalt, distinguish, and dignify position, and command the 
deference and respect of all. Men, after all, are not so widely different from children, 
and it is through the human senses, which are fed by just such trifles, that the mind 
and heart are most readily reached and affected. From the very nature of the office, 
too, the idea of permanency — of no change — should be strictly associated with it; 
and a good officer, once found, should be continued in the position. The direct ten- 
dency of a long retention of the same person in that position would be to inspire all 
the brethren with perfect confidence in his work, and relieve him from the perpetual 

annoyance of being told that Bro. , who was Lecturer last year, taught something 

a little different. And, for the purpose of more effectually stopping these vexations, I 
suggest that, after the work has been exemplified at this session, the Grand Lodge, 
if satisfied therewith, should adopt a resolution declaring explicitly the work as 
taught and exemplified by the present Grand Lecturer, to be the work of Masonry 
in this jurisdiction. t 

lam also convinced that the Grand Lodge made a serious mistake when it abolished 
the salary heretofore attached to that office. It is a position of labor as well as honor, 
and the faithful officer in that capacity ought to be compensated. We have been 
drifting back, I fear, to our former state of confusion, ever since the present system 
was adopted, and the sooner you return to the system of five years ago the better it 
will be for this Grand Lodge. There can be no impropriety in my here expressing my 
hearty commendation of the present Grand Lecturer. He has been willing, zealous, 
and diligent in the discharge of every duty of his trust. He has travelled not a little, 
for purely Masonic purposes, at his own expense, and without any expectation of re- 
ward. I recommend that a suitable allowance be made for these services and 
expenses during the past year, and that a salary of one thousand dollars per annum 
be paid hereafter. 

In the thirty odd Lodges which I have visited in company with the Grand Lecturer, 
we have, with one exception, found the work done in conformity with the prescribed 
ritual ; but I learn incidentally that in some of the remote Lodges, inaccessible, doing 
little work, and in bad condition financially, there is a lamentable want of uniformity. 
But this does not come to me officially, nor in the form of any complaint calling for 
the extraordinary remedy of arresting a charter ; and this condition of things is very 
certain to continue, unless the Grand Lodge shall adopt some compulsory system of 
teaching the" work. It seems to me that a system very simple might be devised, which 
in a few years would enforce uniformity. If the State was divided into Districts, group- 
ing the Lodges together according to their convenience and accessibility to one an- 
other, with a Deputy Lecturer selected for each District, whose duty it should be to in- 
spect the work of each Lodge in his District and report thereon to the Grand Lec- 
turer, who, in his turn, should report to the Grand Master, the delinquencies would be 
brought to attention in a reliable and official form ; and the Grand Master would then 
feel fully justified in resorting to the only remedy against the recusant Lodges ; and if, 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 313 

under this regime, some few of the Lodges should be forced out of existence, the in- 
terests of Masonry, as suggested in another part of this Address, would not be mate- 
rially sacrificed. I would also suggest that these Deputy Lecturers, who might prop- 
erly also be called Inspectors, be authorized to inspect the books of the Lodges and 
report their condition and the general manner of transacting the business, together 
with all violations of Masonic Law or usage ; and finally, after a year or two, under 
some such plan, the Lodges having then enjoyed a full opportunity to conform to all 
the requirements of the Grand Lodge, I would suggest that no Master or Warden be 
installed until he has produced to the installing officer the certificate of the Deputy 
Lecturer for his District that he is competent to confer all the degrees of Masonry, and 
deliver the lectures thereto belonging, in strict conformity with the prescribed ritual. I 
am aware that this last provision is somewhat radical; but it would certainly be effective. 

I have to report the violation of our jurisdictional rights by subordinates respect- 
ively of the Grand Lodges of Vermont, Michigan, and New Hampshire. I addressed 
a letter to the Grand Master of Vermont, immediately on learning the facts of the 
case arising in his jurisdiction, setting forth in detail the circumstances as represented 
to me. I received a prompt and most fraternal response, assuring me that he would 
cause the matter to be at once thoroughly investigated, and that the Grand Lodge of 
Vermont would not suffer any subordinate of hers to infringe upon our rights. Of the 
result of such investigation, however, or whether any has in fact been had, I am not 
yet apprised. In the other cases I am not yet in possession of sufficient facts and 
information to enable me to present them properly to the Grand Masters of the respect- 
ive jurisdictions. 

Soon after the last Annual Communication this Grand Lodge was the recipient of 
certain relics of a very distinguished soldier and statesman, who in his day, in addi- 
tion to having attained the highest possible civil and political position which man can 
r each, enjoyed the additional honor of being Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee. 
These relics consist of an autograph letter of Bro. Andrew Jackson, addressed to Mrs. 
Powell, and accompanied by a lock of his hair. They were presented to this Grand 
Lodge by Dr. Joseph Powell, through Bro. Lucius McGuire. Their receipt was 
properly acknowledged, the thanks of the Grand Lodge were expressed, and the 
relics were passed over to the custody of the Grand Secretary. 

A few days since the Vice Regent of the Mount Vernon Association, for this State, 
presented to me, in a most dignified and appropriate appeal, the claims of that Asso- 
ciation on the Masonic Fraternity. The high character and social standing of the lady 
who occupies that position is a sufficient guaranty that the application is free from 
all taint of speculation or imposition, and that the funds entrusted to her will be well 
expended. In commending it to your favorable consideration, I think I see especial 
propriety in contributions, by our Fraternity throughout the United States, for the 
preservation and improvement of the demesne and tomb of our most distinguished 
brother ; and I should feel a peculiar pride in seeing this young and vigorous juris- 
diction among the first in so commendable and patriotic a movement. I suggest 
that the Grand Lodge make such donation as the condition of its funds will permit, 
and that a collection be also taken on some day of the session for the same 
purpose ; and in addition, that, at the first stated meeting hereafter, the Masters 
take up collections in their respective Lodges, to be forwarded by them to the Grand 
Secretary, and by him transferred to the Vice Regent. Donations may be also made 
by subordinate Lodges, if their funds are sufficient for the purpose. By all of these 
several proceedings a very respectable sum in the aggregate may be raised, without 
any special inconvenience to any one. The work is a most worthy, patriotic, and 
commendable one, and I again urge it upon your early attention. 

During the past year I have been many times painfully touched by the indifference 
shown to and non-attendance at Masonic funerals. It is time that some sharp and deci- 
sive remedy was devised. I understand that a proposition will be brought forward, 

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partly to remedy this evil and partly as a financial measure, to enter upon a general 
system of fines for non-attendance on such ceremonies. Without expressing myself 
decidedly against the movement, (for I have given it little thought.) I desire to admon- 
ish the Grand Lodge not to be too hasty in entering upon such a plan. Theoretically, 
there are very serious objections to it. It strikes directly at that confidence and 
trust in one another which constitute the greatest charm of Freemasonry. It has a 
decidedly commercial aspect, and brings the clink of coin around the coifin and the 
bier with most unpleasant prominence. But something should be done to enforce 
(if compulsion be necessary) a better attendance on the dead ; and if, incidentally, 
the remedy should add to the capacity of the Lodge to do good and disburse charity, 
so much the better. The matter is perhaps worthy of calm consideration ; but it is 
of sufficient gravity to require the attention of the Craft throughout the State before 
final action. 

I call the attention of the Grand Lodge to the extremely bad condition of all our 
clothing and regalia. It has been in use now for twenty years, and is no longer 
respectable or presentable. I recommend that the proper steps be taken to procure 
an entirely new outfit. 

I congratulate you, my brethren, on the near completion of this splendid edifice 
in which we are to-day assembled. In spite of all obstacles and discouragements ; 
in the face of censure, cavilings, and a potent opposition, not always conducted in 
the most fraternal spirit; by the persistent zeal and energy, the tenacious will and 
resolution of those who inspired the first movement, and have since conducted it 
through every stage, the good work has moved steadily forward to its completion. 
The Temple has continued to grow apace, like its prototype of old, and stands to-day 
a fitting symbol of the solidity, the grandeur, and the permanency of Freemasonry. 
A few more touches of the limner's brush, and we shall have a Masonic Home unri- 
valled in the universe. The Grand Lodge, again in perfect accord with the manage- 
ment of the noble enterprise, peace and harmony prevailing where discord once 
seemed imminent, even those of us who were most inclined to denounce or traduce, 
must to-day pay the tribute of honor and respect to the genius which has completely 
triumphed in the final culmination of this work. I look forward with joyful antici- 
pations to the day, somewhere in the future, when, every feeling of distrust, resent- 
ment and discord forever hushed, in the spirit of perfect peace and fraternal love 
we may all unite to dedicate this stately edifice, in a worthy and becoming manner, 
to the uses and purposes of Freemasonry. 

Those of you who have been heretofore members of this body will be sure to miss 
the venerable form and dignified presence, the beneficent and gracious bearing, of one 
who long commanded and deserved the profound respect and fraternal regard of all 
who knew him. The indulgent and devoted father, the faithful friend, the good, true 
citizen, the Christian gentleman and thorough Mason, ripe in years and filled with 
noble deeds, rich in Masonic incident and lore, and crowned with all the virtues of 
the Ancient Craft, has been kindly, gently, and tenderly gathered to his fathers. 
Isaac Davis, to whose conventional title of brother we all delight to add the more 
endearing name of father, will meet with us no more in this material temple. Tem- 
perate, chaste, and prudent — obedient to the divinely imposed law of his own exist- 
ence—he had more than filled the allotted years of human life ; and the sorrowful event 
of his death presents one of those unavoidable calamities to which the sad solace of 
religious resignation may be well applied : — 

"And I am glad that be has lived thus long, 
And glad that he has gone to his reward ; 
Nor deem that kindly nature did him wrong 

Softly to disengage the vital chord. 
When his weak hand grew palsied, and his eye 
Dimmed with the mists of age, 'twas time to die." 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California, 315 

The example itself of such a career as his, is a treasure not to be excelled ; and 
we shall but honor ourselves in paying to his memory the extraordinary distinction 
usually accorded to Masters of our Art. A Past Grand Commander and Past Grand 
High Priest of this jurisdiction, he should have also been your Grand Master. The 
dignity of his character, his retiring modesty, his aversion to the arts and intrigues of 
a contest for preferment — too often prevalent even in this Grand Body — his disposi- 
tion to decline rather than seek the suffrages of his brethren, alone kept him from that 
distinction. As a Grand Lecturer, his faithful services and high character were of 
incalculable benefit to the Fraternity. The circumstances of his burial did not seem 
to call for, or permit, the convening of the Grand Lodge ; but in company with many 
of the Grand Officers, attended by a large body of Knights Templar and a goodly 
delegation of prominent brethren, I repaired to the city of Sacramento, and there 
performed the last rites above his hallowed dust. Noble, good old man ! Soft indeed 
may be his slumbers — bright and glorious his early rising from the narrow tomb. 
With that faith in God and hope in immortality which marked his career, let us 
solace our regrets with the blessed assurance that — 
" The departed gone before, 

To that unknown and silent shore, 

We sure shall meet as heretofore, 
Some summer's morning." 

I can not close this address without the expression of my warmest gratitude for the 
uniform kindness, courtesy, and hospitality with which I have been everywhere re- 
ceived and welcomed by my Masonic brethren. My official visits have been to me sea- 
sons of great personal pleasure and enjoyment, as well as Masonic labor and profit, and 
will be long remembered as the brightest spots in the darkest year of my existence. 
To the Grand Lecturer I am much indebted for his prompt and efficient services, 
whenever such service could be available ; and to the Grand Secretary my thanks 
are due in a special degree, for his constant and uniform willingness to give me his 
time, his labor, and his Masonic knowledge, to aid me in the discharge of all the 
duties of my office. 

And here, my brethren, I complete the record of my official acts. I am painfully 
aware that this paper has grown to most inordinate length. But, recognizing to the 
fullest extent my responsibility to you, I desired to so present my every act that you 
might both see what had been done, and the mainspring and motives of doing it. I 
invite your careful scrutiny, hopeful, indeed, that I may receive your approbation, 
but certain that you will not censure me unjustly. And so, with many thanks for the 
honors you have already conferred on me, and with the earnest wish that all along 
the great future, wherever your fortunes may be cast, peace, prosperity, and the 
golden fruits of faithful service may cluster around and attend you, I cheerfully 
submit my work to your inspection, and myself to your further will and pleasure. 

LEONIDAS E. PRATT, Grand Master. 

The Address was ordered to be referred to a special committee of five, 
and the Deputy Grand Master named the following brethren to constitute 
such committee — 

[ Bro. Charles Louis Wiggin, 
11 William Abraham Davies, 

On the Address of the Grand Master : i " John Riggs Crandall, 

I " Thomas Beck, 

[ " Alvin Bacon Preston. 

The Grand Secretary presented his Annual Report, as follows : — 
To the M.\ W.\ Grand Lodge of California : — 

For the fifteenth year of his occupation of the Grand Secretary's office, in obedi- 

316 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

ence to the mandates of our Constitution, the undersigned presents a report of all 
such of its transactions as may require action on the part of the Grand Lodge, or may- 
be of interest to those composing it. 

The customary number of copies of the transactions of the Grand Lodge at its 
last Animal Communication — seventeen hundred and fifty — were printed as soon as 
possible after its close, and, after reserving the usual number for binding and for the 
use of members at the present Communication, were distributed in the same manner 
as related in the last report. 

The proceedings of the present year, with those of the last, will form a volume of 
about six hundred pages, and it is recommended that three hundred copies thereof 
be bound in the uniform style of those preceding — making the ninth volume of our 
complete history since organization. 

The twelve Lodges, to whom charters were granted at the last Annual Communi- 
cation, were all in proper time duly constituted and had their officers installed by au- 
thorized officers acting under special letters issued by the Grand Master, as follows : — 

Ferndale, No. 193, by Horace Smith Case, Past Master ; 

' William Alexander January, Past Master ; 

Thomas Cross Pockman, Past Master ; 

Levi Rackliffe, Past Master ; 

Lorenzo Gordin Yates, Past Master ; 

Abram Wolf Edelman, Past Master ; 

Cyrus Curtis Cummings, Past Master ; 

George Washington Applegate, Past Master ; 

Eben Dorman Perkins, Past Master ; 

Thomas Edwin Rowan, Past Master ; 

Thomas Beck, Past Senior Grand Warden ; 

Thomas Beck, Past Senior Grand Warden. 
The letters of authorization to the constituting officers above named, with their 
several reports, are herewith submitted. 

Since the close of the last Annual Communication, dispensations for the formation 
of only seven new Lodges have been issued from this office by direction of the Grand 
Master, as follows : — 

May 4, 1870,. .To Neioville Lodge, at Newville, Colusa County ; 
May 10, " . . " Stanislaus Lodge, at Tuolumne City, Stanislaus County ; 
May 17, " , . " Anaheim Lodge, at Anaheim, Los Angeles County ; 
June 15, " . . " Bio Vista Lodge, at Rio Vista, Solano County ; 
June 16, " . . " King David's Lodge, at San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Co. ; 
July 30, " . . " Bocklin Lodge, at Rocklin, Placer County ; 
Aug. 20, " . . " Friendship Lodge, at San Jose, Santa Clara County. 

The petitions for the foregoing dispensations, with the certificates of withdrawal 
of the several petitioners from the respective Lodges of which they had last been 
members, the recommendations of the nearest or most convenient chartered Lodges, 
and the certificates of Masters, " well skilled in the Craft," as our laws require, that 
the officers proposed were duly qualified, were all properly prepared in the manner 
prescribed by the Constitution ; and they are herewith presented, together with the 
returned dispensations, the books of record, and the petitions of the new Lodges to 
be perpetuated by charters. 

Dispensations for the establishment of two Lodges petitioned for — at New San 
Diego, in San Diego County, and at Bodega Corners, in Sonoma County — have been 
refused by the Grand Master. 

Four years have elapsed since the undersigned was last called upon to report a 
vacancy in our registry of the Lodges. Another, the thirty-fifth, has now occurred. 
In the latter part of May last information was received from the Secretary of Mountain 

Mountain View, ' 

' 194,... 

Buckeye, l 

1 195,... 

San Simeon, * 

1 196,... 

Paradise, * 

' 197,... 

Wilmington, l 

1 198,... 

Hartley, ' 

1 199,... 

Truckee, ' 

1 200,... 

SUveyvttle, * 

1 201,... 

Pentalpha, ' 

1 202,... 

Confidence, ' 

* 203,... 

Salinas, l 

1 204,... 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 317 

Forest Lodge, No. 75, at Eureka North, Sierra County, that, in consequence of the 
great decrease of its members and the diminished and constantly diminishing popula- 
tion of the place of its location, its members had been forced to the conclusion that 
the Lodge could no longer be sustained, and had, therefore, on the twenty-first day of 
that month, after taking the preliminary measures required by the law, unanimously 
adopted a resolution to surrender its charter. The proceedings appearing to have 
been entirely regular, and the reasons for the surrender being undoubtedly sufficient, 
the Secretary, Bro. Griffith Meredith, was at once authorized to take charge of the 
property of the Lodge, to write up its books and collect its outstanding dues, to dis- 
pose of all its property (except its charter, books, working-tools, seal, and jewels,) in 
such manner as, in his judgment, should seem best, to pay from the proceeds all 
debts which the Lodge might owe, and to transmit to this office, with the charter, 
books, etc., mentioned above, such balance as might remain, to be placed in the 
treasury of the Graud Lodge. He was also directed to prepare the customary report, 
to the date of surrender. 

All these things have been faithfully done, by Bro. Meredith, as will be seen by 
the correspondence and other papers submitted, and the writer hereof very gladly 
avails himself of this public opportunity to record his obligations to that brother for 
the willingness and assiduity which he has brought to the performance of a somewhat 
thankless task. The charter is herewith presented, with the recommendation that its 
surrender be accepted, and that Mountain Forest Lodge, No. 75, be declared extinct. 

The numbers of the chartered Lodges upon our register have now reached to two 
hundred and four. Of thirty-four of these, in consequence of surrenders and revoca- 
tion of charters and transfers to other jurisdictions, as detailed in the last Annual 
Report, nought but the numbers remains. The surrender just related will make the 
thirty-fifth vacancy on our roll of Lodges, leaving, at this date, one hundred and sixty- 
nine chartered Lodges, to which are to be added the seven to which dispensations 
have been issued since the last Annual Communication, making in all one hundred and 

The transcripts of trial-records which have been received at this office since the 
last Annual Report, in cases where notices of appeal have been filed, are the follow- 
ing, all which will be placed in the hands of the Chairman of the Standing Com- 
mittee on Grievances, viz. : from — 

Gravel Range, No. 59, Wesley Stevenson, suspended.,. . May 31, 1870; 

" 59, John G. McLellan, expelled, Mch.14, 1870; 

Corinthian, " 69, Louis Keser, acquitted, July 23, 1870; 

Bear Mountain/ 1 76, James Matson, suspended,. . .Aug. 27, 1870; 

Humboldt, <l 79, John Long, suspended,. . .June 2, 1870 J 

Sotoyome, " 123, David W. Whiteman,. .expelled, July 30,1870; 

Progress, " 125, John Maguire, acquitted, May 10, 1870; 

Phoenix, " 178, James A. Rousseau,, .reprimanded,. July 15, 1870. 

The transcripts of similar records, in cases of expulsion or suspension, unaccom- 
panied by notices of appeal, which have reached this office during the same period, 
are as follows, all which will also be handed to the Committee on Grievances, as one, 
at least, records an utterly unlawful act, several are irregular or insufficient, and all 
will probably be none the worse for a strict examination by that committee, viz : 
from — 

California, No. 1, JamesSmiley, expelled, .... .Sept. 28, 1870; 

Marysville, " 9, Jacob Korb, suspended, May 5,1870; 

San Joaquin, " 19, .S. J. Carpenter, expelled,... .Sept. 29, 1870 ; 

Madison, " 23, John A. Tyler suspended, Oct. 4,1870; 

Columbia, " 28, Madison S. Toman,, .expelled, Mch. 10, 1870 ; 

Golden Gate, " 30, Richard Lowry, suspended,. .. .Feb. 21,1870; 

SantaClara, " 34, Abijah McCall, expelled, April 8,1870; 


Proceedings of the 

[Oct. 11, 

Mount Moriah, No. 44, Wm. A. Quarles, expelled, July 6, 1870 ; 

Saint Helena, " 93, James Whitehead, expelled. Jan. 29, 1870 ; 

Lexington, " 104, Thomas C. Swigart,. .suspended, April 16, 1870 ; 

Mount Zion, " 114, Lawson M. Russell,, .expelled, May 14,1870; 

La Fayette. " 12G, Henry Steitz, expelled, April 9,1870; 

" 126, George Henckell, . . . . expelled, ....April 9,1870; 

Colusa, " 142, JohnM.Culp, suspended, Sept. 24, 1869; 

" " 142, Stewart Harris suspended, Sept. 24, 1869; 

Molina, " 150, David F. Parkinson,, .suspended, Nov. 13, 1869 ; 

Gibsonville, " 158, Robert Francis, expelled, April 19, 1870; 

Excelsior, " 166, Thos. Y. McNally,.. . .expelled, Sept. 5,1870; 

Alameda, " 167, Justice M. Vader, expelled, May 14,1870; 

Phozntt, " 178, Thomas Kelly, expelled, .Dec. 17,1869; 

Arcturus, " 180, L.L.Stewart, expelled, .Jan. 13,1870; 

Clear Lake, »' 183, Wm. Christiansen, suspended, Aug. 6,1870; 

Claiborne, " 185, Frank F. Heath, suspended,. .. .Sept. 26, 1870. 

To this list is to be added a transcript of the proceedings of a Commission of 
Masters appointed by the Grand Master to try certain charges preferred by Xaval 
Lodge, No. 87, against Progress Lodge, No. 125, wherein the charges were found to 
be sustained, and a sentence of forfeiture of the charter of the last named Lodge 
was decreed. 

From the foregoing it will be seen that of the nine cases of suspension or expulsion 
which, upon transcripts received at the last Annual Communication, were " reversed 
and set aside, and remanded for further proceedings " to the several Lodges whence 
they came, all but three have been again tried, and transcripts of the trial-records 
have been received. In one of these cases, that from — 

Mt. Carmel, No. 155, in the case of Peter Drunzer, suspended, April 10, 1860, 

proper information has reached this office, as will appear from the accompanying 
papers, that the charges have been withdrawn by consent of the Lodge, and 
that all further proceedings have been discontinued. In the two other cases, no 
new trial appears to have been had, or if had, no transcript of the proceedings 
thereat have been received by the undersigned. They are those from — 

Trinity, No. 27, in case of John T. Huscroft, suspended, Feb. 25, 1867 ; 

Nicolaus, " 129, " " " Geo. W. Treanor, suspended, Aug. 26, 1869. 

The two Lodges reported last year as delinquent in having failed to forward 
transcripts, as required, have now remedied that neglect, and the transcripts — there 
being no notice of appeal in either case — are herewith presented, viz : from — 

Forbestown, No. 50, in case of Wm. Mullings, suspended, Dec. 6, 1867 : 

Visalia, " 128, " " " E. B. Lockley, suspended, Aug. 16, 1869. 

It was directed at the last Annual Communication that the two following named 
transcripts be returned to the Lodges whence they came, for amendment in certain 
respects, viz : those of— 

AbeU, No. 146, in case of Joseph McCormick, suspended, Nov. 28, 1868 ; 

Alameda, " 167, " " " Oliver S. Livermore, expelled, Jan. 23, I860. 

The corrections have been made and the transcripts returned, and, no notice of 
appeal having been given in either case, they are submitted with the others of that 

It is with regret that the undersigned feels compelled to report that two Lodges, in 
which trials have been had during the past year, resulting in expulsion, have failed to 
send to this office transcripts of the trial-records, viz : — 

Parfaite Union, No. 17, in case of George Reiter, expelled, May 13, 1870; 

Live Oak, " 61, " " " Winfield S. Stone,, .expelled, June 7, 1870. 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 319 

Since the last Annual Communication only eight special dispensations have been 
ordered by the Grand Master to be issued from this office. Of these, three were to 
authorize reballots upon petitions of rejected applicants for the degrees, within the 
period of prohibition prescribed by the general provisions of our laws ; three were 
to permit the election of officers at times other than the regular one named in the 
Constitution; and two were to allow ballots to be had upon petitions for degrees 
without the customary reference to committees of investigation. The petitions for 
the issue of these dispensations were all ordered to be submitted to the Grand Master 
by the unanimous ballots of the Lodges whence they came, in the manner prescribed 
by our laws ; they all presented reasons apparently sufficient to justify his favorable 
consideration ; and they, with such other papers as relate to them, are herewith sub- 

Several letters, circulars, and pamphlets, relative to an " unpleasantness" within 
the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Canada, caused by a declaration of independ- 
ence on the part of certain Lodges owing allegiance thereto, and the consequent 
formation of the soi-disant " Grand Lodge of Quebec," have been received by the 
undersigned during the past year. As comment or expression of opinion thereupon 
would perhaps not find proper place in a paper such as this, they are submitted to 
the Grand Lodge without either. 

The interchange of Representatives between the various Grand Lodges of the 
world, but more especially those of North America, has of late years attained a very 
prominent consideration; and, though -it may be doubtful whether much practical 
usefulness has resulted, or will result, from such appointments among the American 
Grand Lodges, whose present system of reports by Committees of Correspondence 
furnishes infinitely more information each to the other than any Representative would 
ever be likely to collect and transmit, yet the custom affords a happy channel for the 
exchange of one of those pleasant courtesies, the exercise of all which tends to bring 
into closer and more intimate relations the several Masonic Senates of the Union, 
and, through them, to increase still further the strength of the bonds which so hap- 
pily unite together all the individuals of the great Fraternity. Readily influenced by 
this feeling, the Grand Lodge of California has, with glad alacrity, accredited Repre- 
sentatives from and appointed them to a number of the other Grand Lodges of Amer- 
ica, and, it is perhaps needless to say, will always be ready to extend or reciprocate 
such courtesies in the future. 

No collected list of the appointments made to or by this Grand Lodge has hereto- 
fore been presented, and, as their number has grown, within the past few years, to 
tolerably respectable proportions, it has been thought not unadvisable to record 
here that little additional portion of our history. A careful examination of our 
records shows the following: — 

In 1857, Grand Master William H. Howard announced the appointment of the 
R.\ W.\ James W. Powell, Past Grand Secretary, as our Representative near the 
Grand Lodge of New York. 

In 1860, Grand Master N. Greene Curtis announced the appointment of the 
R.\ W.'. George W. Prescott, Grand Secretary, as our Representative near the 
Grand Lodge of Minnesota. 

In 1869, Grand Master Charles Marsh announced the appointment of the follow- 
ing Representatives : — the M.\ W.\ John Q. A. Fellows, Past Grand Master, near 
the Grand Lodge of Louisiana— the B.*. W.\ Townsend A. Thomas, Past Deputy 
Grand Master, near the Grand Lodge of Tennessee — the M.\ W.\ Thomas M. Reed, 
Past Grand Master, near the Grand Lodge of Washington — the R.\ W.\ George Frank 
Gouley, Grand Secretary, near the Grand Lodge of Missouri— the M.\ W.\ Har- 
man G. Reynolds, Grand Master, near the Grand Lodge of Illinois— the W.\ William 
B. Langridge, Assistant Grand Secretary, near the Grand Lodge of Iowa— the 

320 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

M.\ W.\ Stephen R. Sircom, Past Grand Master, near the Grand Lodge of Nova 
Scotia — and the W.\ John Reed, near the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. 

Of the first of these appointments, that of Bro. Fellows, in Louisiana, it is proper 
to say that it was intended to be made by Grand Master Wm. C. Belcher in I860 ; 
but, by some neglect or forgetfulness of the writer hereof, for which he is sincerely 
sorry, the intention was not then carried into effect. 

During the present year Grand Master Leonidas E. Pratt has appointed as Rep- 
resentatives the M.\ W.\ Samuel B. Stephens, Past Grand Master, near the Grand 
Lodge of Florida, and the M.\ W.\ John McCraken, Past Grand Master, near the 
Grand Lodge of Oregon. 

So far as shown by the records, to this date, Representatives have been received and 
accredited by this Grand Lodge from nine American Grand Lodges, as follows : From 
New York and Minnesota, in 1860, the V,\ W.\ Alexander G. Abell ; from Iowa, in 
1861, Bro. Andrew J. Kellogg ; from Illinois, in 1861, and from Missouri, in 1862, the 
V.'.W.'. Alexander G. Abell; from Washington, in 1864, the JR.\ W.\ Isaac S. Ti- 
tus; from the District of Columbia, in 1866, and from Xova Scotia, in 1868, the V.\ 
W.'. Alexander G. Abell ; and from Louisiana, in 1869, the R.\ W.\ Isaac S. Titus. 

In addition to these, the undersigned has been honored, during the past year, with 
similar appointments from the Grand Lodges of Tennessee, Florida, Oregon, Missis- 
sippi, and Kentucky, and the W.\ Bro. Lawrence C. Owen has received a like 
appointment from the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. The credentials in these last six 
cases will in due time be submitted. 

Of proposed amendments to the by-laws of chartered Lodges, sixty-one have been 
filed in this office since the last Annual Communication, the largest portion of them 
being the consequence of the recommendation of the Grand Lodge at that time, rela- 
tive to the fee for affiliation. Of the number named, twenty propose a reduction of 
that fee to one dollar; fifteen propose its entire abolition; ten propose to reduce, and 
three to increase, the quarterly dues; two propose to decrease, and two to increase, 
the fees for the degrees ; seven propose changes in the times of meeting ; and two 
propose a separate ballot for each degree. Action in the Lodges upon all these hav- 
ing been in accordance with the law, they have received the temporary approval of 
the Grand Master ; and, as required by the Constitution, they are now presented to 
the Grand Lodge for final action, as are also copies of the proposed by-laws of the 
seven Lodges existing under dispensation. 

Thirty-six volumes have been added to the library of the Grand Lodge during the 
past year. Of these, twenty-five are bound proceedings of other Grand Lodges, con- 
taining from five hundred to nine hundred pages each, and five are bound volumes of 
Masonic periodicals, of somewhat similar size. Of the remainder, it is only necessary 
to say that one — " The Mysteries of Masonry " — is a presentation copy from the 
author, Bro. L. E. Reynolds, to whom the thanks of the Grand Lodge have been 
expressed by the undersigned. In an appendix to the proceedings an additional cata- 
logue of these volumes will be presented, which will show that the number now upon 
our shelves is five hundred and seventy-nine. 

The registers and account-books of the Grand Secretary's office, the several letter- 
books of the past year, the files of letters received from within and without the juris- 
diction, and all other papers concerning the business of the Grand Lodge which have 
come to hand since the last Annual Communication, are herewith submitted for inspec- 
tion ; as is also an account of the revenues of the Grand Lodge for the year end- 
ng on the thirty-first day of July last, with the receipts of the Grand Treasurer 
for the moneys collected, and the vouchers for the orders drawn upon that officer, as 
follows : — 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 321 

The Grand Secretary in account with the Grand Lodge of Calif ornia for the fiscal 
year ending July 31st, 1870. 
1869. For receipts during the year, as follows : Dr. 

Gen. Fund. Rep.Fund. 

Nov. 1. From sundry sources, from Aug. 1, 1869, to this date, as 
per account at page 154, et seq., printed proceedings 

of 1869, $12,806 50 $4,373 00 

" 8. Nicolaus, No. 129, bal. dues to 31st July, 1869, 3 75 

44 17. Colusa, " 142, " " " " " " .... 40 00 
" " Mount Moriah, " 44, spec'l dispensation to re-ballot, 10 00 
" 23. Mountain View, u 194, fee for charter, 

Dec. 7. Hermann, " 127, spec'l dispens'n to elect officers, 


Feb. 21. Martinez, " 41, spec'l dispens'n to elect officers, 

Mch. 20. Crockett, " 139, " " " re-ballot,.... 

" 28. Palmyra, u 151, " " * 4 elect officer,. 

Apl. 30. NewvUle, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 

" " Lexington, No. 104, spec'l dispensation to re-ballot,.. 
i( il Alamo, " 122, " " to ball, without ref., 

May 10. Stanislaus, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge, 

" " Anaheim, " 4< " M 4< 

June 15. Bio Vista, « " " " 

" 16. King David's, " " u " 

July 29. Hiram, No. 43, bal. dues to 31July, 1869, 

" 30. Rocklin, U. D., dispensation to form Lodge,. . . 

" " Rose's Bar, No. 89, bal. dues to 31 July, 1869, 

" " Clear Lake, " 183, " " " " " M 

u " Fees for 111 diplomas issued during the year, 222 00 

44 " Sales of 50 copies of bound volumes of proceedings,. . 125 00 

44 " 44 270 " " Constitution and Regulations, 33 "75 

44 " " 23 il " proceedings of the year 1869, 23 00 

50 00 

10 00 

10 00 

10 00 

10 00 

75 00 

10 00 

10 00 

75 00 

75 00 

75 00 

75 00 

1 50 

75 00 

4 75 

4 50 

Total receipts for the year ending 31 July, 1869, $13,834 75 $4,373 00 

Amounting collectively to the sum of $18,207 75 


Received for dues on account of the General Fund, to 31 July, 1870, $12,226 00 

44 44 " " " " Rep've. 44 44 44 44 " 4,373 00 

44 44 dispensations to form new Lodges during the year, 525 00 

44 4 4 charters issued by order of the Grand Lodge , in October, 1869, 600 00 

44 44 special dispensations to re-ballot on rejected petitions, 40 00 

44 il " 4i 44 elect officers of Lodges, 30 00 

" *• " " " ballot without referring petitions, . . 10 00 

44 4< diplomas, bound volumes, constitutions, and proceedings,. . 403 75 

Total receipts from all sources during the year, $18,207 75 

1869. CONTRA. Cr. 

Gen. Fund. Rep. Fund. 
Oct. 31. Paid to the Grand Treasurer, per his receipt, . .$12,806 50 $4,373 00 


Jan. 31. 44 " 44 " « •• " " 123 75 

Ap'l 30. " " " " " " u " 115 00 

July 31. " ll " " " " 4< " 789 50 

Total payments to the Grand Treasurer, $13,834 75 $4,373 00 

Making an aggregate amount of $18,207 75 

322 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 

It is pleasant again to say, as it has been during several years past, that not a 
Lodge under this jurisdiction was a dollar in arrears for dues at the close of the fiscal 
year on the thirty-first day of July last ; and it is but just to add that most of the re- 
turns wore received within the time prescribed by the law, and that, with one or two 
exceptions, all have now arrived. It is true, however, that much delay has occurred 
in the final settlement and correction of the late annual reports of the Lodges, not in 
consequence of their financial settlements, which were more than usually correct, but 
on account of the resolution adopted by the Grand Lodge, at its last Annual Commu- 
nication, which required that all the names, in full, of each member borne upon the 
respective rolls, be reported, so far as it was possible to obtain them. But few, prob- 
ably not more than one-eighth, of the Secretaries appear to have observed that res- 
olution or the paragraph in the circular of the undersigned accompanying the blanks 
for returns which especially called attention to it; and, to have it carried into effect, 
which was particularly the duty of the Grand Secretary, all the returns, in which no 
attention had been paid to the order of the Grand Lodge, were sent back for correc- 
tion in that respect. This appears to have given offence in a few, perhaps half a 
dozen cases, but a moment's reflection will show that such offence ought not to have 
been taken at an officer who was simply attempting to fulfill a duty assigned to him 
by order of the body which he serves. Certain it is that the effort to obtain the ful- 
fillment of that order has cost him and his assistant more than twenty times the ad- 
ditional labor which it has caused any Secretary in the jurisdiction ; and it is very 
gratifying now to say that all our conjoint labors have resulted in the almost complete 
success of the proposition of the Grand Lodge, as will be seen in the printed lists of 
membership appended to the proceedings of the present year. 

All which is respectfully submitted by 

ALEXANDER G. ABELL, Grand Secretary. 

Which report was referred to the special committee to whom had been 
referred the Address of the Grand Master. 

The Grand Treasurer presented his Annual Report, as follows : — 

The Grand Treasurer in account with the Grand Lodge of California, for the fiscal 
year ending July Z\st, 1870. 

1869. RECEIPTS. Dr. 

Gen. Fund. Rep. Fund 

Aug. 1. Balance in the treasury, as per last account, $6,000 66 $1,427 50 

Oct. 31. Cash received from the Grand Secretary this date,... 12,806 50 4,373 00 

Jan. 31. « " " " " " " " ... 123 75 

Ap'l 30. " " " " " " " "... H5 00 

July 31. " " " " " " " " .. 789 50 

Total of balances and receipts for the year, $19,835 41 $5,800 50 

Making an aggregate amount of $25,635 91 

1869-70. DISBURSEMENTS. Cr. 

For account of Salaries of Grand Officers : 

Paid Grand Secretary, as per vouchers Nos. 16, 31, 44, 64, $3,600 00 

Paid Assist. Gr. Sec'y, " " " " 17,32,45,63, 1,500 00 

Paid Grand Treasurer, " " " " 65, 200 00 

Paid Grand Tyler, " " " " 13, 100 00 

Paid Grand Organist, " " " " 8, 50 00 $5,450 00 

Amount carried forward,. $5,450 00 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 323 

Amount brought forward, $5,450 00 

For account of Expenses of Grand Officers, &c. : 

Paid Junior Grand Warden for expenses attending Annual Com- 
munication, in 1869, as per voucher No. 7, $50 00 

Paid Deputy Grand Master, Senior Grand Warden, and Junior 
Grand Warden for expenses attending Special Communica- 
tion to lay the corner stone of the U. S. Mint, as per vouchers 
Nos. 48, 51 , 53, 138 00 

Paid for sundry expenses of Annual Communication of the 
Grand Lodge, in October, 1869, as per vouchers Nos. 12, 15,. . 70 85 258 85 

For account of Expenses of Grand Secretary's Office : 

Paid for printing and binding 1750 copies of Grand Lodge pro- 
ceedings of 1869, as per vouchers Nos. 20, 22, 26, 1.713 29 

Paid for sundry printing during the year, as per vouchers Nos. 
4,27, 30,37, 39, 49, 54, 60, 205 50 

Paid for rent of offices of the Grand Lodge for the year, as per 
vouchers Nos. 18, 33,46, 61, 900 00 

Paid for sundry stationery, packing-boxes, advertisements, and 
parchments, as per vouchers Nos. 14, 21, 25, 35, 42, 55, 103 05 

Paid to Janitor of offices of the Grand Lodge, as per vouchers 
Nos. 10, 20, 43, 59, 120 00 

Paid for incidental expenses of Grand Secretary's office, as per 

vouchers Nos. 19, 34, 47, 57, 62, 333 03 3,374 87 

For account of the Library : 

Paid for subscriptions to periodicals and binding proceedings 
of Grand Lodges, as per vouchers Nos. 1, 5, 40, 54 25 

Paid for sundry books purchased, as per vouchers Nos. 23, 24, 

28, 38, 52 17 106 42 

For account of Extra Expenditures : 

Paid Chairman of Committee on Correspondence for 1869, as 
per voucher No. 6, 150 00 

Paid for portraits of two Past Grand Masters and frames for 
same, as per vouchers Nos. 36, 41, 310 00 

Paid for sundry bills of parchment, as per vouchers Nos. 3, 50,. 207 65 

Paid for working-tools, clock, charter cases, counter-dies of 
seals, advertising, etc., as per vouchers Nos. 2, 9,11,52,56,58, 264 00 931 65 
For account of the Representative Fund : 

Paid to Representatives of Lodges for traveling expenses to 
and from the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, as 
per pay roll, submitted, 4,437 00 

Paid to appointed Grand Officers and Chairmen of Standing 
Committees, for traveling expenses at same Communication, 

as per payroll, 166 00 4,603 00 

For account of the Reserve Fund : 

Paid to the " Trustees of the Reserve Fund," Nov. 1, 1869, as per 
order of the Grand Lodge, (see Proc. Oct. 16, 1869,) for 
investment, from the General Fund, 5,000 00 

Being a total of disbursements to 31 July, 1870, of $19,724 79 


324 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11, 


Gen. Fund. Kep. Fund. 

Balances in the treasury, August 1,1869, $ 6,000 GO $1,427 50 

Receipts during the year ending July 31, 1870, 13,834 75 4,373 00 

$19,^35 41 $5,800 50 
Disbursements during the year ending July 31, 1870, 15,121 79 4.003 00 

Showing balances to the credit of the two funds, $4,713 62 $1,197 50 

And a total balance in the treasury, Aug. 1, 1870, of $5,911 12 

The vouchers for all the foregoing payments from the General Fund, numbered 
from 1 to 66, including that for $5,000, paid to the Trustees of the Reserve Fund, with 
the pay roll for 1869, showing receipts for payments on account of the Representa- 
tive Fund, and the account books of the Grand Treasurer, are herewith presented. 
All which is respectfully submitted by 

JAMES LAIDLEY, Grand Treasurer. 

VYhich report, with the accompanying books and vouchers, was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Finances. 

The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the V.\ W.\ and 
III.*. Bro. Raymundo Rosas Morales, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand 
Orient of Peru, as the Representative of that body near the Grand Lodge 
of California ; and, having introduced that Illustrious Brother to the Grand 
Lodge, he was welcomed by the Grand plaster, and, with the customary 
honors, was received and accredited in the capacity named. 

Bro. William Hexry Hill, the Chairman of the Committee on Corres- 
pondence, being absent, the Grand Secretary, on his behalf, presented the 
following report of that committee, the reading of which was dispensed 
with, the members being furnished with printed copies thereof: — 

lo the Ms. W.\ Grand Lodge of California : 

The annual report of the Committee on Correspondence is herewith submitted. 
Unfortunately for its chairman, upon whom the labor of its preparation solely de- 
volves, he has been hurried in his examination and composition by a necessity for 
his leaving the State for a trip to the East, nearly two months before the meeting 
of the Grand Lodge. But, as he is constitutionally opposed to elaborate as well as 
lame apologies, he will say nothing further on that topic, but submit his report, 
such as it is, to the charitable consideration of the Grand Lodge. 

It will be seen that the proceedings of thirty-eight American Grand Lodges have 
been reviewed, in some cases those of two years coming to hand. They were from 
the following jurisdictions : — 

Alabama, for Dec. .,.1869. Idaho, " Oct.,. 

Arkansas " Nov.,. . .1869. Illinois, " Oct.,. 

Canada, to July,. . .1869. Indiana, " May,. 

for Dec.,. . .1869. Kansas, " Oct.,. 

Colorado, " Oct.,. . .1868. Kentucky, . " Oct.,. 

" " Sept.,. .1869. Louisiana, "Feb., 

Delaware, " June,.. .1869. Maine, " May,. 

District of Columbia,, to Dec.,. . .1869. Maryland, " Nov., 

Florida, for Jan., . . .1869. Massachusetts, to Dec, 

" " " ...1870. Michigan, for Jan., 

Georgia, " Oct.,. . .1869. Minnesota, "Jan.. 


The peculiarly hieroglyphic character in which the manuscript of the Report on 
Correspondence was prepared, appears to have somewhat astonished the types : 
and, as the author thereof, being on a visit to the Atlantic States during the time it 
was going through the press, could not serve as his own Champ ollion, it has become 
necessary, since his return, to note the following errors : — 

Page 332, fourth line from top, for " dismissed," read " denounced."' 

Same page, eleventh line from top, for " were,'* read " was."' 

Page 346, fourteenth line from bottom, for " western,*' read " Hebrew." 

Page 348, ninth line from top, for " remarkable," read " reasonable." 

Page 350, sixth line from bottom, for "Andrews," read "Anderson." 

Page 355, first line from top, for " are probably," read " undoubtedly." 

Page 366, twenty-second line from top, for " unbounded," read " unclouded." 

Page 370, sixteenth line from bottom, for " disci, 11 read " disced 

Page 373, seventeenth line from bottom, for " that," read " these." 

Page 389, twenty-first line from top, for " famished," read "jaundiced.*' 

A. G. A., Gr. Sec. 

1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 325 

Mississippi, for Jan.,. . .1870. Nova Scotia, to June, . .1868. 

Missouri, " Oct.,.. .1869. Ohio for Oct.,. . .1869. 

Montana, " " ..1868. Oregon\ " June,. ..1869. 

Nebraska, " June, .1868. Pennsylvania, to Dec.,. ..1869. 

" Oct., ..1869. South Carolina, for Nov.,.. .1869. 

Nevada, " Sept, ..1869. Vermont, " June,. . .1869. 

New Brunswick " " ...1869. Virginia, to Dec.,. ..1869. 

New Hampshire, for June,. .1869. Washington for Sept.,. .1869. 

New Jersey, for Jan.,. . .1870. West Virginia, " Nov.,.. .1869. 

North Carolina, " Dec 1869. Wisconsin,. " June,... 1869. 


The forty-ninth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of the State of 
Alabama was held in Montgomery, commencing December 6, 1869 — the M.\ W.: 
George D. Norris, Grand Master, presiding, and the 72.-. W.\ Daniel Sayre being 
Grand Secretary. Representatives were present from two hundred and twenty-four 
chartered Lodges. 

Past Grand Master Hazelrigg, of Indiana, being in the city of Montgomery, was 
waited upon by a committee of the Grand Lodge, introduced, received with all the 
honors, and placed upon the right of the Grand Master. 

The Address of the Grand Master is. rather long to suit our ideas, too much 
space being devoted to the discussion of abstract questions. All this will do, if the 
ventilation of rhetoric be all that is advisable. But we confess to a liking for brevity, 
and the discussion of practical matters in these " Messages from the Governor." 
The address is well written, however, and is an able document. Due and feeling 
notice is taken of death's doings in the removal of Bro. Samuel H. Dixon, Past 
Senior Grand Warden, and of Bro. Thomas McDougal, for a long time Grand 
Tyler of the Grand Lodge. 

The Grand Master alludes to and approves the action of the Grand Lodge of 
Louisiana in relation to the Grand Orient of France. His remarks are severe but 
just. We believe there has been perfect unanimity among all the American Grand 
Lodges on this subject, and it is right that it should be so. Some see and pursue 
that inevitable African who is "hidden in this fence," with more zeal than do 
others ; but all agree that the action of th.& Grand Orient was a Masonic outrage 
upon the prerogatives of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and all stand by this last 
in its defense of its rights, and in putting their ban upon the intruder. 

The earnest attention of the Grand Lodge is called to the necessity of establish- 
ing a " Masonic Orphan's Home," to be conducted under the auspices of the Grand 
Lodge. Returns had been received from seventy-five Lodges only, and yet they re- 
ported five hundred and fifty-one orphans. On such a fact how powerful is the 
following appeal of the Grand Master : — 

What a number, whose wail comes to us pleading for help. Shall we give it to 
them? Will we not take these desolate ones, left to us by our brothers, and clothe, 
feed, and educate them for deeds of usefulness? Let us engage in this noble, God- 
like work, and leave for our posterity a monument more lasting than brass, and to 
our Order the proud consciousness of practically exemplifying those three great 
Masonic principles, Faith, Hope, and Charity. Then indeed can we see, like Jacob 
in his vision, the starry-decked heaven with its glittering jewels set in the vast con- 
cave, innumerable and unlimited, and the ladder reaching to its heights, with angels 
ascending and descending, the flutter of whose wings deliciously waves in succes- 
sive billows, balmy air, fresh from the throne of God. 

The Grand Master reprobates the usage of granting dimits to every brother 
who may " take a miff" at the proceedings of his Lodge, or at the conduct of a 
brother. He denies the doctrine that a brother has an absolute right to a dimit, though 
he be square upon the books, and thinks, as we do, that the Lodge has something to 
say on that point as well as upon the first admission. He recommends— and the 

326 Proceedings of the [Oct. 11 

policy commends itself to our judgment — that the subordinate Lodges be directed 
to insert in each dimit granted, after the words ''having paid all dues is hereby dis- 
missed from this Lodge/' these words, "when joined to any other Lodge of Ancient 
Free and Accepted Masons, duly assembled and legally constituted." Were such a 
policy to prevail in all jurisdictions, we are of the opinion that the number of non- 
affiliated Masons, alias drones, would be wonderfully diminished. 

We give another ruling of the Grand Master, without expressing any opinion as to 
the expediency of his action, for such vexed questions must often be decided accord- 
ing to the local circumstances. A member of a Lodge applied for a dimit because he 
"had joined the Roman Catholic Church, whose regulations forbid their members 
from joining or belonging to our Order." The Grand Master recommended that, as 
the brother was in good standing, the Lodge should remit his dues, from year to 
year, but should not grant a dimit. 

Dispensations had been issued for the institution of seventeen new Lodges. 
The Grand Master was fearful, in granting so many applications, that they "were 
making haste too fast ;" but the brethren gave such good reasons for each that he 
could not withhold his consent. 

The report of the Grand Secretary is brief, but it contains this little gem, of a 
Mason's good will and living charity, which we cull for the benefit of our own 
readers : — 

In January last I received a letter from one who signs himself — " Fraternally, F. 
(£ Prince, New York," — informing me that he had in his possession the charter which 
was issued to Norris Lodge, No. 301, in 1864, and asking to be informed how it 
should be sen ^ t° the proper party. I replied to his letter and subsequently received 
t e chafer. It appears to have been found by one — who was not a Mason— belong- 
• ty "> the federal forces that were in this State during the war, and that it after- 
1D ° ds "ame iV^o the possession of the person from whom I received it. 

The receipts ^ ^ e Grand Lodge f or the year had been $8,967 11, and the expen- 
ditures $4,204 95. 

The Report oi the C/ >mmit t ee on Correspondence is again from the pen of that 
worthy and veteran Masonic Scribe, Bro. William C. Penick. What he writes is 
always good reading, whether one coincides with the author in sentiment or not 
In this report filling almost one hundred pages of the journal, we have a learned, 
full and interesting review of the proceedings of forty-seven Grand Lodges, our own 
for 1868 being among the number. Upon a suggestion of the Grand Master of Ohio, 
that - subordinate Lodges be permitted ttf confer on all who have been active mem- 
bers of some Lodge in that jurisdiction for * period of twenty-one years, the title of 
Emeritus members, relieving them during life from the payment of dues and assess- 
ments, and continuing them in the enjoyment of ^ Lodge privileges," Bro. Pesick 
makes these remarks, which are very much like tellwz one's experience in " class 
meeting": — 

Well we think that this will not do. Twenty-one years' will not suffice. We, our- 
self was made a Mason in 1826. Since 1847, we have been more active, have done 
more in and for Masonry than before, and in the second twenty-one years in Ma- 
sonrv, we have been enabled to do more than in all our life before. Js o Mason should 
be relieved of these duties while he is able to perform them. But when age and 
physical disability come on us, our property forcibly taken from us, oor Helpless 
families dependent on us, this privilege proposed by Grand Master Matthews might 
be well enough for old and worn out Masons— those sixty-five or seventy years oi 
at re_who have been regular paying members for a long time. But there are many 
Masons, who have been such twenty-one year?, who are in the prime of Hie ana 
have much moneys and means, and who are both able and willing to work and con- 
tribute to the relief and benefit of the needy brethren and the general cause. 

Bro. Penick has a genial and somewhat extended notice of our California pro- 
ceedings for 1868. He speaks in commendation of the Address of Grand Master 
Davies, and has a kind, and, we fear, too partial notice of our first effort in this 
line of writing the Correspondence Committee's Report. When we see our illustri- 
ous predecessor, Bro. Rhees, we will certainly give him Bro. Penick's message, 


1870.] Grand Lodge of California. 327 

that the latch-string is on the outside of his door down in Alabama, and only wants 

In alluding to our criticism of an expression in a former report of his, which 
spoke of Masonry as a " religious " institution, Bro. Penick has quite an elaborate 
defense of his position. We have no fault to find with most that our brother now 
writes, and it is evident that we were looking at this question from different stand- 
points. We are still clearly of the opinion that many Masons do make a serious 
mistake in this, both in theory and practice, but we do not believe that Bro. Penick 
is one of them. We certainly have no fault to find with the following well-expressed 
and most judicious words and reasonings of our brother, and have no lance to break 
with him or any one else who will make so much of a religion out of Masonry: — 

The Christian religion professes to change the heart, renew the will, captivate 
the affections, and to fit and prepare the soul for a heaven of eternal happiness in 
the Paradise of God. Masonry seeks to ameliorate the condition of man on earth, 
"to soothe the unhappy, sympathise with their misfortunes, compassionate their 
miseries, and restore peace to their troubled minds." Yet, by adopting the moral 
principles of Christianity as rules for its faith and practice, Masonry becomes an 
adjunct and a handmaid to Christ